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Does Cortisol Smell
Breakdown compounds.: The metabolism of certain compounds in asparagus leads to excretion of methanethiol, dimethyl sulphide, methyl mercaptan, & asparagusic acid that causes the characteristic odor. The onset of the odor is rapid, often 15-30 minutes after ingestion. There a appears to a be genetic component in the ability to smell the odor, and a candidate snp was identified in a 2010 genome association study. ...Read more
Specific chemicals: Methanethiol is the specific chemical in asparagus that produces the smell. This chemical is not found in pineapple. ...Read more
See my remaks: As a Urologist who has had the occasion to smell urine more than a thousand times,I hven't smelled a nutty on..But what is the urine ? It is the byproduct of what we eat and drink. If you eat a lot of garlic ,the urine MAY have a garlic odor.Some people may have a discernible sense of smell,hence can notice /pick-up any variation in color of smell of urine. Nothing to worry about ...Read more
Yes it does: Metformin is a great drug to control blood sugar in diabetics , if it is helping you ignore the smell and should continue , it is known to smell bad ( like fish ) when medication breaks down, a minor hindrance not a complication or drug reaction , if you really hates that smell ask your doctor to give different medication. ...Read more
Poor correlation: Hi. Oral cortisol (aka hydrocortisone) does not reliably affect ACTH secretion nor aldosterone levels. That is somewhat unfortunate for those of us treated adrenal insufficiency, since determination of proper dose is based solely on clinical response, and not labs. Aldosterone is driven by the renin-angiotensin system bypassing the pituitary. UIHC is excellent, so you have great docs close at hand ...Read more
Smell, yes, bad, no: Menstrual blood does have a "smell" like blood to those who are sensitive to it. A bad odor is not characteristic of normal menstrual blood unless there is one of three things present. 1.) A vaginal infection 2) A intrauterine(endometritis or pyometria(pus). infection. 3). An infected cancer of the cervix or vagina. All of these conditions require a GYN MD visit. ...Read more
You Have Poor Taste: You read articles that it is very rare, but there's lots of people writing in on-line forums that they have had alterations of their smell and/or (more commonly amongst them) taste. Seems that it eventually gets normal again. One study in 2002 in a journal named 'Neurology' described a patient so affected, with descriptions of others. In any event, it doesn't appear to be permanent. ...Read more
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