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November 30, 2000

Diagnosis and Symptoms

Question from Syracuse, New York, USA:

My three month old son's urine has that distinct smell of my five year son's (who has type 1 diabetes). Any reason for alarm?

Answer:

A child’s urine can be easily and inexpensively tested for sugar to allay your fears of diabetes. Make sure your physician addresses your concerns.

MSB

[Editor’s comment: Diabetes cannot be diagnosed from the odor of the urine.

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