Are your intestinal cells “tasting” the sweet meals that you eat? Researchers at the University of York in England say they are. Some cells in your intestine resemble the taste buds on your tongue, and researchers have suggested for some time that perhaps these cells are sensing the composition of the meals that you eat. Now George L. Kellett's group at the University of York has provided evidence that these cells are, indeed, “tasting” sugars by the same means that our taste buds do. You might think, “So what! I’m not interested in biochemistry.” And I won’t bore you with the details. If you’re interested, you can read the abstract of the research here . But here’s the interesting part. It seems that these cells sense not only glucose, but artificial sweeteners as well. This makes a lot of sense if they use the same mechanism that the taste buds do. If it tastes sweet, the intestinal cells will react as if it’s sugar. And here’s how this information affec...
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...
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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