Is Maple Syrup Odor A Symptom Of Diabetes?

Question

Asked by kelli

My boyfriend all the sudden started smelling very strongly of maple syrup. He also is increasingly tired and irritable. Is this a symptom of diabetes?

Answer

My first thought is that your boyfriend might have maple syrup urine disease (unrelated to diabetes) or diabetic ketoacidosis, which is serious diabetes complication where the body produces excess blood acids, or ketones. When this happens the breath can smell fruity or like acetone. But it isn't a chronic condition. It quickly leads to the hospital and/or to a coma. Instead, I think that it's probably a result of a high amount of protein that your boyfriend is eating. If he is taking a lot of whey protein powder, he's getting a lot of branched-chain amino acids, and they have an odor of maple syrup. But being tired all the time is certainly a symptom of diabetes. Please see what I wrote about the 11 Warning Signs You Might Have Type 2 Diabetes. Be sure to consult a doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

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