November 18, 2023

What Does Diabetic Poop Smell Like?

The smell of poop can reveal a lot about the state of someone's health. If you have diabetes, it's important to be aware of any unusual changes in your body and to consult with a doctor immediately.

Sweet-smelling poop is not usually a sign of diabetes, but it may be an indicator that you are experiencing a deadly side effect called diabetic ketoacidosis. This occurs when the blood sugar is so high that the liver cannot use it for energy, and it begins to burn fat instead. This process produces ketones, which have a fruity smell that is also present in urine and faeces.

Other symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes can include runny stools and frequent urination. The condition can also cause your faeces to become watery and softer than usual. This is because the excess blood is causing fluids to move through your body faster than they should.

Foul-smelling gas is not a common symptom of diabetes, but if you have both diabetic symptoms and gas, it is best to consult with a doctor right away. It's also a good idea to be sure to check your pee (urine) and poo (faeces) regularly, as they can help you detect any abnormalities in their smell.

In general, the best way to avoid abnormal-smelling poop is to keep your blood sugar levels within the recommended range. This can be achieved through a healthy, balanced diet low in carbohydrates and rich in fibre and lean proteins. In addition, losing weight if you are obese can improve insulin sensitivity, and it is important to get plenty of exercise and sleep.

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