Testing Urine In The 1940's and 1950's

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2010-07-11 21:08:30 -0500
Started 2010-07-10 21:07:25 -0500

I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. My father tested my urine every morning. That was the only test done each day. There was never any testing of my blood at home for many years. Benedict's solution was placed in a test tube and 8 drops of urine were added. The tube was placed into a tin can containing about 1.5 inches of water. The can was placed on a burner on the stove and the water was boiled. The tube was then removed from the can and the color was observed. The diagram below shows the possible colors that might have been seen. The original color of the Benedict's solution was blue. If the color was still blue after the boiling, then there was 0% sugar in the urine. If green-0.5% sugar; yellow-1% sugar; orange-1.5% sugar; brick red-2 % or more sugar.


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packrat2 2010-07-11 21:08:30 -0500 Report

back in 1965 or so we would use the test tube with the urine but would put a pill in the urine and check the color chart…
as I remember{with me anyway}it would be either high sugar or no 0 sugar, not a good test…regards packrat2

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-10 22:59:42 -0500 Report

How very interesting. I am always curious about how tests were done and the changes over the years.
I worked in a nursing home in the late 1970s early 1980s. We tested with urine strips. They changed color to indicate the presence of sugar in the urine. You would have experienced them too.

MAYS 2010-07-10 21:54:12 -0500 Report

Times and medical technology have really changed over the decades since the 1940's, from test strips and test tubes to finger pricks, blood drops and blood glucose meters.
All for the better of diabetes and diabetics.

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