Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you're tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be your favorites may taste different while you're getting treatment. This condition usually only lasts as long as treatment does -- in most cases, your will senses will return to normal a couple months after you're done.
The following breast cancer treatments can affect your sense of taste and smell:
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Some pain medications also can affect your sense of taste and smell.
Managing taste and smell changes
Try new foods . If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try foods that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you're feeling good so you don't develop more food dislikes.
Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy . This helps prevent food aversions caused by nau...
Our mouths are key to diabetes control. And not just what we put in them. How
would you like to reduce your A1C level by 0.67 percent -- like from
6.67 to 6.0 -- without putting less in your mouth or even increasing
your exercise? This third type of A1C control may be the easiest ever. Research
presented at last month's Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes
Association that I attended in San Francisco made this point. Dr.
George Taylor, associate professor of dentistry at the University of
Michigan, reported there on recent studies demonstrating the
association between periodontal problems and the complications of
diabetes. He spoke in the first symposium ever by dentists to ADA
meetings. As long ago as 1993 we have known from the research of Professor Harald Löe
that periodontal disease is "the sixth complication of diabetes." And
now a new analysis of the First National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES I) and its Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS)
Treatment The immediate goals are to treat diabetic ketoacidosis and high blood glucose levels. Because type 1 diabetes can start suddenly and have severe symptoms, people who are newly diagnosed may need to go to the hospital. The long-term goals of treatment are to: Prolong life Reduce symptoms Prevent diabetes-related complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputation of limbs These goals are accomplished through: Blood pressure and cholesterol control Careful self testing of blood glucose levels Education Exercise Foot care Meal planning and weight control Medication or insulin use There is no cure for diabetes. Treatment involves medicines, diet, and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms. LEARN THESE SKILLS Basic diabetes management skills will help prevent the need for emergency care. These skills include: How to recognize and treat low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia ) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) What to eat and when How to take insulin or oral medicat...
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