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...
Do strong smells bother your asthma? If so you are not alone, and you are not weird, and it's not all in your head. In fact, a study from the University of West Georgia found that as many as 30 percent of Americans have a sensitivity to strong smells.
By strong smells I'm referring to the following:
Strong smells are not visible, and they are not -- like dust mites, cockroach urine, and molds -- allergens. They are not chemicals or substances. They are simply smells that are proven by various studies to trigger the asthma and allergy response, or cause headaches.
The exact mechanism is not known. It's also not possible to do a scientific study because it's not like you can take a smell, put it into a syringe, and insert it under your skin to see if it causes a response. You can do that with allergens, but not smells.
The University of West Georgia stu...
Symptoms High blood levels of glucose can cause several problems, including: Blurry vision Excessive thirst Fatigue Frequent urination Hunger Weight loss However, because type 2 diabetes develops slowly, some people with high blood sugar experience no symptoms at all. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes: Fatigue Increased thirst Increased urination Nausea Vomiting Weight loss in spite of increased appetite Patients with type 1 diabetes usually develop symptoms over a short period of time. The condition is often diagnosed in an emergency setting. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes: Blurred vision Fatigue Increased appetite Increased thirst Increased urination Signs and tests A urine analysis may be used to look for glucose and ketones from the breakdown of fat. However, a urine test alone does not diagnose diabetes. The following blood tests are used to diagnose diabetes: Fasting blood glucose level -- diabetes is diagnosed if higher than 126 mg/dL on two occasions. Levels between 100 and 126 mg/dL are referred to as impaired...
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