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Why does hunger cause good breath in a diabetic?

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Marianne DiNapoli
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In brief: Ketone bodies

The fruity breath in someone with diabetes is due to the presence of ketone bodies.
These are small molecules produced by the breakdown of fat. People who are unable to utilize glucose for energy (like diabetics) often breakdown fat for energy, producing these ketone bodies.

In brief: Ketone bodies

The fruity breath in someone with diabetes is due to the presence of ketone bodies.
These are small molecules produced by the breakdown of fat. People who are unable to utilize glucose for energy (like diabetics) often breakdown fat for energy, producing these ketone bodies.
Marianne DiNapoli
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