In the Amazon Jungles of the old times, ants were used to distinguish between those with diabetes and those without. The Chinese also used ants in the ancient times to find diabetic qualities in a person. The Europeans and Indians also specifically had a urine test of the ancient time called a “sweet urine disease” test to diagnose for diabetes. But with all these historical test and trials, does it really mean that if ants are attracted to your urine or blood, a sign that you might have diabetes or is it just a myth?
What is Diabetes?
To explore this questionable method of diabetes detection, we have to know what the diabetic condition is. Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that enables cells to absorb glucose (sugar) in order to turn it into energy. This energy the body needs to function. This condition can usually be caused by defective pancreas. The glucose is instead built up in the blood, which results in high blood glucose, which commonly leads to health problems. The condition of diabetes is classified into two types: Type 1 and Type 2, up to the severity. Diabetes treatment may vary for one individual to another and type 2 is usually less severe than type1 diabetes. This is not only due to what type of diabetes they have, but also on the individual patient’s condition.
Typically, although not in all cases and taking other factors into account, finding a lot of ants (and frequently) in your urination may indicate that you have a risk of undetected diabetes. This does not mean though that you should rush to the conclusion that you have diabetes. If this is the case, it is usually if the high sugar content of the person passes through onto their urine with buildups called ketones, which occurs if the body does not make enough insulin. Yet, it could also be that the ants are looking for other sources of minerals that may be left over in urine or blood such as protein so this is not a confirmed accurate test of testing for diabetes. Also, the buildup of urine would have to sit for a while before this occurs. To confirm diagnosis, you should try getting a blood sugar test done or for less hassle, drop over to the pharmacy for diabetes test strips. Though these tests may not be 100% accurate, it is a good indication of whether you have a cause for concern.
Risk Factors of Diabetics
Usually risk factors of being diabetic include people with impaired glucose tolerance, people over the age of 45, and those with diabetes in their family history. People who are overweight and do not exercise regularly also has a risk of becoming diabetic. People with low HDL cholesterol counts, high blood pressure, and certain racial groups such as Non-Hispanic blacks, Asian-Americans, and American Indians also are more prone to becoming diabetic.Ants+ Urine= Diabetes? Myth or Valid