Diabetes is a common condition that affects more than four million people in the UK, and 90 percent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. You could be at risk of high blood sugar if you develop very bad breath, it’s been revealed.
“Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be so telling that doctors may even be able to use it to identify diabetes,” it said.
“Diabetes-related halitosis has two main causes: periodontal disease and high levels of ketones in the blood.
“If you have diabetes, it’s important to be aware of what your breath may be telling you.
“Your understanding may save you from advanced gum disease or the dangers of diabetic ketoacidosis.”
Many people may have diabetes without even knowing it, because the signs and symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal, having an unquenchable thirst, and passing more urine than normal.
You should speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the warning signs or symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.
Diagnosing the condition early is very important, because patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.