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My husband is an alcoholic and a type 1 diabetic, his urine smells like liquor. Is this a major concern or just because he drinks?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine

In brief: Simple to tell.

A dipstick for KETONES differentiates.
The problem is that alcohol breaks down to the same chemicals as sugar. Small amounts of ketones do not mean much. Large amounts mean the diabetes is out of control and could be fatal. Since their breakdown products overlap, sugar and alcohol in type one are a bit mix.

In brief: Simple to tell.

A dipstick for KETONES differentiates.
The problem is that alcohol breaks down to the same chemicals as sugar. Small amounts of ketones do not mean much. Large amounts mean the diabetes is out of control and could be fatal. Since their breakdown products overlap, sugar and alcohol in type one are a bit mix.
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