Diabetes is a common condition affecting more than 4 million people in the UK, and 90% of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition caused by the pancreas does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, or the body does not respond to insulin. Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert blood sugar into useful energy. You may be at risk of diabetes if you notice an unusual odor on your breath, it has been discovered.
Bad odor or sweet smell can be an early warning sign of diabetes, according to the Diabetes.co.uk medical website.
The smell can be caused by diabetes ketosis – a condition that is related to the body running out of insulin.
When there is not enough insulin in the body, it begins to burn fat aids instead, which produce acidic ketones in the process.
But, these ketones can be very dangerous, and can lead to serious illness, or even death.
"Diabetic katacidosis is a dangerous complication for people with diabetes, which happens when the body starts running out of insulin," he said.
"Without urgent treatment, complication in this diabetes may result in death.
"If someone with diabetes presents the signs of ketoacidosis, the condition should be treated as an emergency.
Typical symptoms of diabetic patients include vomiting, dehydration, confusion and an unusual odor of breath – sometimes compared to the smell of pear droplets.
"Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis usually develop over a 24-hour period if blood glucose levels become too high."
Bad breath is a common condition that can be caused by certain problems with your teeth – including gum disease – or by smoking.
You can lower your risk of bad breath by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and by going for regular dental tests.
Many people may be diabetic without even knowing it, as symptoms do not necessarily make you feel bad.
Common symptoms of diabetes include more urinary incontinence than usual, blurred vision, and cuts or sores that last longer to heal than normal.
Talk to a doctor if you are concerned about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk. Early diagnosis of the disease is essential, as diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
You can lower the risk of the condition by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by regular exercise.
Everyone should strive to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity every week.