Thursday, September 17, 2009

Diabetes History Quiz

I am not a physician, nor a medical professional, so please consult them if you have questions regarding your health.

Have fun!

1. Name the tool nurses and doctors used to show newly diagnosed patients how to give themselves a shot and, in some places, is still used today.

2. What is the name of the product used to test sugar AND ketones in your urine?

3. Name the lancet device that closely resembles a guillotine.

(still give me shivers...)

4. Can you name at least two brands of disposable insulin syringes that were available in the 70's?

5. Doctors and nurses taught a key phrase when mixing either Regular with NPH, Regular with Lente, or Regular with Ultra Lente. What was it?

6. Who were the two gentlemen who discovered insulin? (arguably the easiest question here)

7. According to Dr. Francine Kaufman, which country in the world far exceeds the United States in diabetes care for type 2s? Hint: Go to and watch this episode.

8. Is it better to wash your hands, with soap and water, before taking a blood test or use an alcohol swab?

9. Can you name the physician who fought for many years advocating tight blood glucose control to prevent diabetes-related complications?

Last, but not least...
10. Name any blood glucose monitor that takes 5 seconds or less for a result to appear.

1. That tool was, and is, an orange
2. Keto Diastix
3. The Autolet lancet device
4. BD & Monoject
5. "clear before cloudy"
6. Frederick Banting and Charles Best
7. According to the episode, Finland outscores the United States in type 2 diabetes care
8. Either way is preferred, BUT your fingers should be completely dry before testing
9. Dr. Richard Bernstein
10. You name it!


CALpumper aka Crystal said...

Great quiz! I remember using an orange. Ha!

And Keto Diastix. ::shivers::

Fun times. ;-)

wv: restle
I will restle you for that orange! (it's lame, I know....)

Sarah Jane said...

Everyone always talks about giving shots to oranges. I learned to give them to MYSELF. i stabbed myself with saline for about an hour. No orange here. I must just be THAT awesome.

Tim said...

I didn't do oranges either. My DSN described what to do and then I was just given the kit and told to get on and do it live - with insulin.

The first of many zillion, zillion injections.

Tim said...

Also that, that thing at question three gives me the eeby-jeebies!

But then, being a newcomer to diabetes, I've only know fancy-pants meters.

Bea said...

My diabetes is only 3 yr old but, like Tim, I gave the first shot to myself, no practice, just drama. I was fuzzy minded and blurry of sight (both returned to normal). I hope what we are doing today will quickly sound as archaic as the Autolet lancet device sounds now!

shoppa said...

You know, the Autolet wasn't so bad. The alternative was actually a piece of jagged sheet metal that came individually wrapped.

In 1982 when I started home bg testing (after urine testing) they gave me two autolets, 200 lancets, and 200 platforms. I learned real early on that I could re-use lancets for a long time but busted platforms pretty regularly. Sometime in the 90's I finally ran out of platforms but by that time the Autolet was so archaic that nobody in any local drugstores knew what it was or how to get platforms for it. Since then I've gone through a lot of cheapy lancet devices but none lasted as long as the autolets, most don't last a year :-).


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