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Forum Name: Diabetes

Question: odour on breath


 REDTILEY - Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:12 am

My family have noticed a strong odour on my breath over the last few months with a comment it smells like Almonds - could this be an indication of diabetes
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:22 am

User avatar Hello,Though there is no specific breath smell linking to diabetes except in diabetic ketoacidosis in which you get a typical fruity odour.This is due to acetone a bi product of fat metabolism which is seen in severe types.In regular uncomplicated diabetes gum problems can occur commonly and could be responsible for odour.You have mentioned that you have put on lot of weight.You must get investigated to rule out diabetes even otherwise.
Best wishes.

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