• Urine flavor chart for diagnosing diabetes

    DIABETES MELLITUS: HISTORY THEN & NOW

    From the beginning of its discovery to the exciting findings in its treatment, many brilliant minds have played a role in this interesting history of diabetes mellitus then and now. EARLY DAYS: THE URINE TASTE TEST Diabetes was first accepted as soon as 1500 BC. During the Middle Ages, doctors studied urine to diagnose medical conditions. They even designed urine flavor charts. In addition, these charts described the sight, smell, and taste of urine. The one disease they diagnosed correctly is diabetes. In 1674, diabetic urine is described as “wonderfully sweet” like it was flavored with honey or sugar. The first clinical test for sugar was developed in 1841. SHIFT…