Why Does Ketoacidosis Cause Fruity Breath

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious problem that can occur in people with diabetes if their body starts to run out of insulin. This causes harmful substances called ketones to build up in the body, which can be life-threatening if not spotted and treated quickly. DKA mainly affects people with type 1 diabetes, but can sometimes occur in people with type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, it's important to be aware of the risk and know what to do if DKA occurs. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis Signs of DKA include: needing to pee more than usual being sick breath that smells fruity (like pear drop sweets or nail varnish) deep or fast breathing feeling very tired or sleepy passing out DKA can also cause high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) and a high level of ketones in your blood or urine, which you can check for using home-testing kits. Symptoms usually develop over 24 hours, but can come on faster. Check your blood sugar and ketone levels Check your blood sugar level if you have symptoms of DKA. If your blood sugar is 11mmol/L or over and you have a blood or urine ketone testing kit, check your ketone level. If you do a blood ketone test: lower than 0.6mmol/L is a normal reading Continue reading >>

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  1. yjen44

    Is mouth odor one of the symptoms for diabetics?

    Are there other symptoms other than thirst for diabetics? Someone said the many diabetics also have bad mouth odor. Is this true? If so, what is the remedy?


    It is true but it is more of a fruity type smell. Let sugar free life savers be your freind.

  3. drsoosie

    For about a year before the official diagnosis I would get this weird odor I could smell in the back of my throat. Sometimes a taste would accompany it, but mostly it was a sort of smell. I am a dentist so I really did not know what it could be. I thought maybe I had a post-nasal drip, or something was wrong with my stomach. Nobody could give me an answer..and it did not happen all the time. Since being diagnosed last year and being properly treated, I have not had that odor once! I also would get a dry cough..which I also attribute to my Diabetes..maybe from dehydration...not really sure.

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