ALTERED TASTE (DYSGEUSIA)

Published on April 17, 2012 by

Altered taste may occur in individuals with diabetes and may adversely affect food choices and intake of nutrients. Altered taste in individuals with diabetes is often caused by altered salivary chemistry, secondary to the diabetes being out of control. Xerostomia, burning mouth and tongue, and/or candidiasis, should all be explored to determine any possible underlying disorder. Possible therapies for relief from dysgeusia have included the use of increased flavoring agents during food preparation, substituting alternative protein sources if the individual is unable to tolerate meat products, and the use of artificial saliva when needed.

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