How your body odour could be a sign of four deadly diseases

How your body odour could be a sign of four deadly diseases

IT’S true that everyone smells – but some people’s sweat can smell much worse than others.

Skipping a shower for a few days can lead to your body releasing a potentially unpleasant odor.

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According to Dr. Sophie, people who are overweight are “more likely” to have bad BO.Credit: Getty

And in some cases, bad body odor (BO) can be an indication of an underlying health problem.

GP Sophie Newton explains what BO really is, what your smell can tell you about your health and how to fight it.

What is body odor?

Dr Sophie says: “Body odor is an unpleasant odor caused by bacteria on your skin breaking down sweat into acids, usually starting during puberty with rising hormones called androgens.

“The sweat itself does not smell and has an important task to regulate the temperature, but bacteria can use it as a breeding ground and then the smell is created.”

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What can bad body odor be a sign of?

1. Overweight

According to Dr. Sophie, people who are overweight are “more likely” to have bad BO.

People who are overweight or obese may have folds in the skin, which are breeding grounds for bacteria.

A previous study also found that people who are overweight are more likely to have a poor sense of smell, compared to leaner people.

This suggests that people who are taller are less likely to notice when they smell bad.

2. Diabetes

“Those who have diabetes can have BO which can sometimes give off a more fruity smell,” explains Dr Sophie.

If you have diabetes, a change in body odor may be a sign of diabetes-related ketoacidosis.

Diabetic ketoacidosis, also known as DKA, is when there is a severe lack of insulin in the body.

This means that the body cannot use sugar for energy, and begins to use fat instead.

High ketone levels cause your blood to become acidic and your body odor to become sweaty.

3. Liver disease

People with liver disease can give off a bad smell, says Dr Sophie.

Sufferers may experience excessive sweating and a foul odor that has been compared to rotten eggs.

4. Kidney disease

People who have advanced chronic kidney disease may have a body odor that resembles ammonia.

This is due to a build-up of toxins in the body.

How to fight bad body odor

“Bath or shower daily with soap or a soap substitute to kill the excess bacteria on the skin,” explains Dr Sophie.

She also suggests using an antiperspirant, rather than just a deodorant that just masks the smell.

“Antiperspirant actually reduces excess sweating,” she says.

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“Wear clean, natural fibers that allow your skin to breathe and limit spicy foods that can make you smell sweaty.

“If regular antiperspirants aren’t enough, talk to your pharmacist about trying 20% ​​aluminum chloride hexahydrate roll-ons and sprays,” she adds.