Well, sort of. Along with his many other medical conditions, Edison was also a diabetic back before the disease was truly well-understood. He restricted his caloric intake to manage the disease, but in 1928 he got swept up in a fad diet that touted milk as a cure-all. Edison, who had never been a big eater, started subsisting entirely on milk – drinking a full pint bottle ever three hours. Needless to say, this didn’t help his condition, and his blood sugar started rocketing ever-higher. In 1931, he died of complications from diabetes. Creepily, Henry Ford arranged for Edison’s son to capture his last breath in a test tube and preserve it for the ages.
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