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Keto Breath: Cause And Remedies

You’ve been on a ketogenic way of eating for a couple of weeks now, and you’ve stayed under your 20g of carbs every day. Congratulations on your dedication, your reward is… stinky breath? That’s right, most people who try keto at some point in the first month or so of being in ketosis will experience some unpleasant breath. Some people describe it as “metal smell” or having “metallic taste in the mouth”. What a fun reward for choosing a healthful way of eating! The Cause of Keto Breath The explanation is simple, though it’s usually unavoidable, at least until you’re fully fat adapted. As the body shifts into ketosis, it turns fats into ketone bodies, specifically beta hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone. They are all completely normal and healthy to have in the body in the amounts it produces. These ketone bodies, especially acetone, can be detected by smell on the breath. This is actually one of the most reliable ways to tell when you have gotten into ketosis, and can be smelled more easily when you are deeper into this fat burning carbohydrate deprived state. Studies have shown this, and there are devices such as breath ketone test monitor that can meas Continue reading >>

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  1. cdonoian23

    breath smells like nail polish

    So I was diagnosed with pre diabetes 1 month ago based on the oral glucose tolerance test (fasting 82, 2 hour post prandial was 193 which is pre diabetic). My A1C was 5.6 at the time, and last week it was 4.7. I have been eating approximately 12-1500 calories a day, with about 30-60 grams of carbs.
    The past few nights my husband noticed my breath smells like nail polish remover and I had been laughing about it but just decided to look it up. I'm reading this can be a sign of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I'm not sure what to do since it's a Friday night - some websites say this could be an emergency but I don't want to freak out if it's not...Any advice??

  2. Bounty

    You can buy a blood glucose testing kit and a urine ketone test kit at any Walmart or pharmacy that's open right now.
    Incidentally...the active ingredient in nail polish remover is acetone. Which, being an automotive painter, smells nowhere near the "fruity-scented breath" of someone in ketoacidosis.

  3. Roxanne0312

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    Originally Posted by cdonoian23
    So I was diagnosed with pre diabetes 1 month ago based on the oral glucose tolerance test (fasting 82, 2 hour post prandial was 193 which is pre diabetic). My A1C was 5.6 at the time, and last week it was 4.7. I have been eating approximately 12-1500 calories a day, with about 30-60 grams of carbs.
    The past few nights my husband noticed my breath smells like nail polish remover and I had been laughing about it but just decided to look it up. I'm reading this can be a sign of Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I'm not sure what to do since it's a Friday night - some websites say this could be an emergency but I don't want to freak out if it's not...Any advice?? Sounds like you are in dietary ketosis which is good. Means your body is burning fat instead of glucose.

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