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Diabetes type 2 warning – the smelly symptom you should never ignore

Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than four million people in the UK, and 90 percent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. You could be at risk of high blood sugar if you develop very bad breath, it's been revealed.

Type 2 diabetes could be caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.

Without enough of the hormone, the body struggled to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.

It's crucial that if you think you may have diabetes, you speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

You may be at risk of the condition if you notice a change to the smell of your breath.

Diabetes patients are more at risk of developing bad breath, accoridng to medical website Healthline.

When the body struggles to make insulin, it automatically switches to burning fat.

This process produces ketones, which build up in both the blood and the urine.

It's these ketones that cause bad breath in some patients, leaving their breath smelling either of nail polish, or of fruit drops.

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"Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be so telling that doctors may even be able to use it to identify diabetes," it said.

"Diabetes-related halitosis has two main causes: periodontal disease and high levels of ketones in the blood.

"If you have diabetes, it's important to be aware of what your breath may be telling you.

"Your understanding may save you from advanced gum disease or the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis."


But just because you have bad breath, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have diabetes.

Halitosis is very common, and you can usually treat it at home by yourself.

The best way to avoid developing bad breath is to make sure your teeth, tongue and mouth are clean and healthy.

Smoking or having lots of sugary drinks may increase your chances of halitosis.


Many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, because the signs and symptoms don't necessarily make you feel unwell.

Common diabetes symptoms include having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal, having an unquenchable thirst, and passing more urine than normal.

You should speak to a doctor if you're worried about the warning signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.

Diagnosing the condition early is very important, because patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.



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