Did you know?
The pioneering of Austrian scientist Gerti Theresa Radnitz Cori (1896-1984) and her husband, Carl Ferdinand Cori (1896-1957), transformed understanding of diabetes. They discovered the ‘cycle of carbohydrates’ or ‘Cori cycle’ – the biochemical process by which the body reversibly converts glucose to glycogen. Their work, for which they received a Nobel Prize in 1947, explained how carbohydrates supply energy to muscles during exercise; and how carbohydrates are regenerated and stored until needed again by the muscles. As well as the Nobel Prize, Dr Cori received many honours and awards during her life. The Cori crater on the moon is named after her.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012