Type 2s Have a Hard Time Tasting Glucose

| Oct 1, 1996

People newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may be less responsive to the taste of glucose, according to a short report in the July 1996 issue of Diabetes Care. This could cause cravings for sweeter food and drinks, worsening hyperglycemia.

Researchers at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland tested taste thresholds for 20 newly diagnosed untreated type 2 patients, 20 matched non-diabetic control subjects, and 11 people who have had diabetes for over 10 years (five type I and six type 2). Thresholds were determined by having people drink varying solutions of glucose and water, fructose and water, salt and water, and urea and water. The subjects indicated when they first could tell a solution was more than just water, and when they could describe an actual taste. The newly diagnosed type 2 group was re-tested three to five months later, after treatment for diabetes had begun.

The tests revealed that the newly diagnosed type 2 group could not taste glucose as readily as the other groups. After treatment, however, their glucose taste threshold was back to normal.

The researchers could not speculate as to why taste for glucose was diminished among the new type 2 patients, but concluded it might result in a desire for sweeter nourishment-causing increased hyperglycemia for new and non-diagnosed type 2 patients.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Beginners, Diabetes, Food, Type 2 Issues

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12th Annual Product Reference Guide
  • Insulin Syringe Chart
  • Insulin Pen Needles Chart
  • Fast-Acting Glucose
  • Sharps Disposal
  • Blood Glucose Meters Chart
  • Insulin Pumps Chart
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 0 comments - Oct 1, 1996

©1991-2015 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.