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Question:

From Canada:

As a parent of two diabetics, I can easily smell if either of my children has ketones from their breath. Can the diabetic taste the ketones?

Answer:

No, they can smell them but can't taste them. Ketones are partly eliminated through the lungs with breathing (as acetoacetone); however, there aren't selective taste receptors for them in the tongue.

MS

DTQ-19990518164511
Original posting 24 Aug 1999
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA

  
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