The Chief of Services inevitably begins the year's instructions to the new medical students by teaching "a singularly important principle of medicine." He asked a nurse to get him a sample of urine. He then talked at length about diabetes mellitus. "Diabetes," he said, "is a Greek name; but the Romans noticed that the bees like the urine of diabetics, so they added the word mellitus which means sweet as honey. Well, as you know, you may find sugar in the urine of a diabetic..." By now, the nurse had returned with a sample of urine which he promptly held up like a trophy. We stared at that straw colored fluid as if we had never seen such a thing before. Chief of Services then startled us. He dipped his finger into the urine, then licked his finger with the tip of his tongue. Could he detect a faint taste of sugar? The sample was passed on to us for our opinions. We all dipped a finger into the fluid, all of us foolishly licked our fingers. "Now,&quo...
The experts tell us that we should eat more fish. Then, the experts tell us that eating too much fish can be dangerous because of high mercury levels. This information leaves the average person confused about what to do. Concerns for excess mercury have caused many people to eat less fish than they did before. However, such changes may have a detrimental affect on cardiovascular health.
First, let's talk about why fish is good for you. Fish is an excellent source of protein. It has very little saturated fat and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. There are good fats, and there are bad fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats. Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids include lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels, slower progression of atherosclerotic plaques, and lower risk of blood clots. These effects translate as a lower risk of heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important in brain development and the proper growth of children.
Consuming fish does have p...
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a metabolism disorder passed down through families in which the body cannot break down certain parts of proteins. Urine in persons with this condition can smell like maple syrup.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is caused by a gene defect. Persons with this condition cannot break down the amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. This leads to a buildup of these chemicals in the blood.
In the most severe form, MSUD can damage the brain during times of physical stress (such as infection, fever, or not eating for a long time).
Some types of MSUD are mild or come and go. Even in the mildest form, repeated periods of physical stress can cause mental retardation and high levels of leucine.
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.