#12. Bad Breath
Halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, is common in diabetics because they are prone to infection. Inflamed, infected gums cause bad breath and can also affect metabolism, spiking blood sugar even further. Another source of bad breath related to diabetes comes from the condition of ketoacidosis. High levels of ketones in the blood are linked to a sweet, fruity odor on the breath.
Symptoms of Bad Breath:
- A white coating on the tongue especially at the back of the tongue.
- Dry mouth.
- Build up around teeth.
- Post-nasal drip, or mucous.
- Morning bad breath and a burning tongue.
- Thick saliva and a constant need to clear your throat.
- Constant sour, bitter metallic taste.