The peculiarities of diabetes mellitus in elderly people are, some of them, well known and usually recognized. The fact that the glycosuria may disappear under the influence of a complicating nephritis and may never return has long been known, and is very characteristic of a certain type of case. The disappearance of the sugar with the continuance of the polyuria is not so common, as Teschemacher1 has pointed out. Although the polyuria does not always go hand in hand with the glycosuria, as, for example, in the so-called diabetes decipiens, yet this is the rule, and in most patients when the glycosuria diminishes the amount of urine likewise becomes less. Teschemacher cites several cases in which the glycosuria disappeared, even with the patient on a mixed diet, but the polyuria, with thirst and debility, persisted. The patient thus presented at this stage the picture of diabetes insipidus. Similar cases
THE TRANSFORMATION OF DIABETES MELLITUS INTO DIABETES INSIPIDUS.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(16):1355–1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520420047010
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