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Chapter 17 - Diabetes mellitus

Those labouring with this Disease, piss a great deal more than they drink. Authors who affirm the drink to be little or nothing changed are very far from the truth, because the urine very much differed both from the drink taken in and also in being wonderfully sweet as if it were imbued with honey or sugar.

Thomas Willis (1621-75) The pissing evil

Diabetes comes from a Greek word meaning 'to pass or flow through' (i.e. excessive urination) and mellitus means 'sweet'.

There are two main types of diabetes (see Table 17.1).

• Type I is known as juvenile onset diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM).

• Type II is known as maturity onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).

Table 17.1 Clinical differentiation between type I and type II diabetes

Type I Type II


Relative frequency (approx)



Peak age incidence

10-30 years

> 40 years

Age of onset

usually < 20

> 40




Weight at onset

low (thin)

high (obese)







Insulin status






Note: These are generalisations and the clinical features may vary, e.g. type II

may be thin and have a rapid onset; type I may exhibit a weak genetic link.

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