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Using taste sensitivity to diagnose and detect the severity of hyperglycemia (type 2 diabetes)

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 07, 2020

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic5 months ago
I'm thinking about Synsepalum dulcificum again. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5747512/ What if people with diabetes used chewing gum laced with Synsepalum dulcificum extract. In theory, because of it, everything would taste too sweet to them so they would reduce consumption of such foods.
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni5 months ago
I think this might work to an extent. What I read in the references mentioned with the session is that the sensitivity to sweet taste decreases in diabetics. Therefore, they require sweeter foods to perceive the same level of sweetness that a healthy person would. I hope using Synsepalum dulcificum does not aggravate their disease by speeding their loss of sensitivity to sweetness.
Darko Savic
Darko Savic5 months ago
From my experience with Synsepalum dulcificum, whatever is sweet, thereafter tastes inedibly sweet. Sour tastes pleasantly sweet. For example, a lemon tastes like an orange.