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Is it Normal Body Odour or Diabetes ?

Diabetes rates are on the rise, and whilst it is often a condition intermingled with others, there are a few signs that indicate that you may be developing it. In this article, early symptoms linked to diabetes and their subsequent management are identified and discussed.

What is Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is known to be a condition that accelerates rapidly but being aware of diabetic indicators can substantially lower some harmful risks associated with it. Type 2 diabetes is defined by medical professionals to be an impairment of an individual’s body to regulate and make use of glucose as an energy source. As a general term, diabetes refers to the body’s inability to react to or produce insulin leading to high blood sugar levels. These high sugar levels impact the body in colossal ways. When levels are abnormally high but not to the extent of diabetic diagnosis, people’s health may be described as “pre-diabetic”.

Do I have diabetes?

Diabetes has some seemingly normal symptoms but when all are occurring simultaneously, professional help should be sought out. Frequent urination (especially during the night), dry mouth, feeling nauseous and unexplained weight loss can all be signs of abnormally high blood sugar levels. In addition to this, body odour can be an indicator of diabetes in some individuals.

How does Diabetes impact Sweat?

Excess amounts of glucose in one’s blood and improper regulation of it causes blood cells to break down into acids. These acid molecules are known as ketones and are a result of the condition known as ketoacidosis, a condition developing from the body producing inadequate levels of insulin.

What is Ketoacidosis? How does Ketoacidosis occur?

Ketoacidosis has been observed to give rise to a rot-smelling stench. Insulin is responsible for letting blood sugar enter cells to be broken down into energy during respiration. The absence of insulin forces blood cells to allow lipids, or fats, to be used as energy sources instead, creating ketones instead of energy. It may manifest itself symptomatically through excessive thirst, stomach pain, vomiting, and confusion. If you suspect you may be suffering from this condition, medical help must be acquired immediately as the complications of this condition can be fatal.

How to avoid Diabetes

Managing weight is crucial in curbing the likelihood of developing diabetes. Obese people are 20 to 40 per cent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone who does not struggle with obesity. Exercise and daily movement have also been observed to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes by 30 per cent. Dietary changes with less sugar and fat intake are impactful means of fighting both obesity and diabetes. One can do this by selecting whole grains over processed carbohydrates, avoiding sugary drinks and sauces, and choosing to grill over frying.

If any of the above applies to you in any way, whether it is struggling with obesity, ketoacidosis, pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes itself, we at Clinipath Malta are here to help you.

At Clinipath, we can provide comprehensive blood work promptly and we recommend annual screening tests for effective diagnosis to ensure that you can maintain your quality of life. If you would like information contact us today on +356 21221355, 9985 2404 or send an email on for more information.

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