Is smelling kerosene a sign of diabetes?

@sedel1027 (17868)
United States
September 22, 2008 8:58am CST
Every once and awhile my husband will say that he smells kerosene. He is the only one who smells it and swears it is from eating too much sugar (which I don't think is true because yesterday he fried up a banana in a pan added maybe a teaspoon of sugar and was complaining, yet I have seen him eat an entire box of chocolate with out saying a word). He isn't over weight and doesn't have any other symptoms. He has had the smell problem for years (at least 10). Does anyone know if the kerosene smell is a sign of diabetes? I tried doing some research myself and didn't see that as a symptom of diabetes.
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I don't think it is, but if he keeps saying that, maybe have him go and get his blood sugar tested, that is the best way to find out if he has it, and youwould want to do that anyways, because if he is a diabetic and eats chocolate like that, it can cause some serious health problems for him..
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Now he is saying that maybe it is the acetone/sweet smell...but that is different than kerosene and that is a smell other people detect, not the person with diabetes. I am wonder if it is olfactory hallucinations brought on by stress or depression.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
As someone who has loved ones to this horrible desease, I wouls at least get him a physical, then if he is healthy, you can consider counslering for him..
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Not sure if he needs counseling - especially right now since we don't have insurance. The life coach seems to be helping him out a bit. He said he was thinking about all this at work, and he thinks now that the smell maybe form eating fried food? I did find out that the last time he was screen to enter the military 92-3 months ago) they did test for diabetes and since he is still eligible, I assume they didn't find anything.
@smilyn (2964)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I don't think it as a sign of diabetes. It is his inner feeling. He feels that there is kerosene small.but it is not..So do not worry about this..I think it would be better to go for a counselling alone, if you prefer.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Huh?
@ellovire (409)
22 Sep 08
i do not think it has something to do with diabetes.