I am hoping someone with knowledge about diabetes or other metabolic dysfunctions can shed some insight on this:
I have occasionally noticed my urine smelling very sweet, only in maybe the past month. I didn't think anything of it. Last night I over ate on chocolate, today my urine smells super sweet. So, I decide maybe I should google this and see if there's something I need to know about. Lo and behold, this appears to be a sign of diabetes.
Background info: Have been eating paleo/primal for one year. I eat fatty meat, lean meat and every thing in between, dairy, eggs and potatoes or sweet potatoes almost every day. I'll eat a little dark chocolate and honey occasionally. 5'3 106 lbs. Before paleo I got tired/crabby/murderous if I didn't eat every three hours. I ate tons of carbs and sugar. Low blood pressure and easily got lightheaded when standing up.
Is it possible to exhibit symptoms of diabetes, like glucose showing up in urine, without actually having diabetes?
When you eat very little sugar, does it consequently increase your sensitivity to sugar which can also manifest as diabetes symptoms?
I know I need to go to the doctor if this continues, but financially it's impossible right now. In the meantime any insight is much appreciated. I know almost nothing about diabetes, I never thought it was something I needed to worry about. Thanks.
If you are eating paleo with limited carbs and are feeling fine...which means you are not spiking your blood glucose and thus not causing your pancreas to secret insulin to control a spike in blood sugar...you should be fine. Normal fasting blood sugar is 95-100. Just know that the only way to determine a diabetic situation is to measure your 12 hr fasting blood sugar. You can do that with a glucose meter at home. Walmart, Walgreens has them for less than $20. The strips are about 50 cents each for a reading.
There are a lot of type II diabetics that have been able to control their blood sugar with the paleo diet...all without any meds.
Periodically my urine smells "sweet" and I have no idea why. It seems to vary with the few veggies I eat.
Paleo eaters tend not to drink enough water because they eat to satiety and then forget to drink water. A good rule of thumb is drink your weight in ounces of water divided by two. For you at 106 thats a little over 50 oz. I tend to go over by 25% in my water consumption from the rule of thumb.
My pee smelled sweat when I was diagnosed. Blood sugar was a 700. Your before stats would indicate yes but your after stats would indicate no. Although its interesting that you crave chocolate and honey almost daily. Sometimes trying to self dianose online isn't the best thing. I was sick years ago and after going to web md I was convinced it was something serious. I avoided the doc for monthes. After going for some blood work, it turned out to be nothing much and easily cured. My advice is GO GET CHECKED OUT.
I have type II diabetes and have never had sweet smelling urine. As well as buying a glucose monitor, glucostix are very cheap & measure any glucose which "spills" over into the urine.
In the UK it's less than £5.00 for a tub.
Historically, diabetes used to be diagnosed by tasting urine (sweet urine), so I can understand your concern.
It's true that certain foods can make urine smell different(asparagus!!!).
Smell your urine, drink it , taste it...shoot it thru a water gun. BUT test your BS fasting in the morning and more importantly test 1 hour, 2 hour 3 hour afer meals. Meters are cheap and you can buy A1c meters now too. Normal fasting is 83 (according to Dr. Bernstein) and it should not budge above the 120-130 mark after meals. It would be interesting to see the results when you smell sweet and when you don't. Please post here the results. You can stop Diabetes in its tracks if you get a handle on testing and Paleo/low carb it now. If you still smell sweet at normal BS, lets analyze your urine and come up with a new perfume. Ambergris (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of and regurgitated by sperm whales. It is used as a fixative in perfumes. We may have a new Chanel here!
Sugar in the urine is one sign of diabeties. But it is not a diagnosis by itself. And the smell of sweetness only may or may not be directly related to actual sugar in the urine. To really know if you have diabetes, you need to know what is happening with the sugar levels in your blood. A lot of things can effect urine including what kinds of foods you eat, how you digest them, etc. It could have nothing to do with diabetes. YOu just don't have enough info to make much of a determination either way.
I'm a type II, so I have always read up on any article concerning this "disease". I recall reading somewhere on the net that in olden days one of the actual tests, if not the main test, was to actually taste the urine, and as you say, if it tasted sweet, this was a definite sign of having too much glucose in the blood.
I'm not very versed in diabetes, but it doesn't look like you would be a strong candidate. Could it be something else? This will probably sound crazy, but when I eat broccoli my urine smells like cheerios in milk the next day.
My husband is diabetic but I've never noticed his urine smelling sweet. I honestly never thought about it, my urine sometimes smells strong but that's usually like when I first wake up or if I haven't been drinking enough water. Does diabetes run in your family? I seriously believe that to be the strongest marker for people. My husband has it on both sides of his family. Personally, I've got no diabetes in my family and while I'm paleo now I've put away tons of sugar & processed carbs over the years. I am over weight but losing it and my blood glucose is just fine. I have my husband check it for me periodically just to make sure. I think Dale is on to something though, it may have to do with what you've eaten too.
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