Why does hypoglycemic sweat stink so bad?
August 24, 2009 6:43 AM Subscribe
I am a type 1 [insulin-dependent] diabetic, and sometimes at night, when I haven't eaten enough to cover the insulin I took that evening, I 'bottom out': my blood sugar goes down very low and I wake up bathed in sweat and must go searching for orange juice.
My question is about this: The nighttime sweat from low blood sugar just... stinks
. It is powerfully rank
sweat, as though I had not washed in many days. My partner agreed, he has noticed that it is different from any other sweat I sweat. "You NEVER smell like that any other time. It's a low blood sugar thing." Yet only at night! I also become clothes-soakingly sweaty if low blood sugar happens during the day, BUT it seems 'normal', the same as when I exercise.
Can anyone tell me why this might be? Why is the night-time hypoglycemic sweat so incredibly smelly?
posted by st looney up the cream bun and jam to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I feel sure someone will ask, so: Though I have had the disease for 30 years, I am a well-controlled diabetic; my doctors proclaim themselves pleased with my tests, which I get done faithfully on schedule. Indeed, if I am bottoming out from time to time as I say, I am not in perfect control; I do make mistakes.