The use of a culinary metaphor for describing a disease symptom would come as no surprise to Ritu Lakhtakia, whose “Twist of taste: gastronomic allusions in medicine,” was recently published in the BMJ’s Medical Humanities. Blood glucose levels are controlled by a complex interaction of multiple chemicals and hormones in the body, including the hormone insulin made in the beta cells of the pancreas. Progress accelerated with the age of scientific experimentation. Glucose is a form of sugar in the blood – it is the principal source of fuel for our bodies. So the consensus appears to be that it tastes salty and sometimes a bit bitter. Singapore has been found to have fourth highest diabetic rate in the world. The earliest reasonably accurate account of diabetes comes from Aretaeus the Cappadocian (81-138 AD).
Nearly all of the increase, in both rich and developing countries, was in type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of the disease and is closely related to