Diabetes doesn’t mean having a sweet tooth

The study in 100 people with diabetes and 100 matched controls showed that those with type 2 diabetes preferred less sweet tastes, with 31% choosing the lowest sugar concentration in a taste test compared with only 12% of controls.

However, the diabetes subjects had a less sensitive palate for sugar than controls, the researchers found.

There was no correlation between sugar preference or sensitivity and glycaemic control, duration of diabetes or anti-diabetic medications.

Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2014; online