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Your Bad Breath Could Be A Sign of 5 Serious Illnesses

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For many years, doctors have noticed how specific breath odors can be linked to certain diseases.

 The idea of using breath tests as medical diagnosis isn’t new; Hippocrates is the first known philosopher to realize breath aroma can relate with diseases in 400 B.C.

In a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, doctors outline the technology advancements of detecting chemical compound in our breath.

“Anything you can have a blood test for, there is potentially a breath test for, as long as there is a volatile component,” says Raed A. Dweik of the pulmonary vascular program at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

1. Diabetes

A fruity breath odor known as ketoacidosis is a natural way to indicate serious diabetic problems in someone.

This breath odor is the result of a build-up of ketones in the body, which is the product of using fat as a source of energy instead of sugar.

Diabetics suffer from little to no insulin to be able to break down sugars in the body, which leads the body to turn to fat. Detecting this off-putting breath odor could help detect serious issues related to diabetes in a person.

2. Lung Cancer

It’s been proven that some animals are able to sniff out specific diseases, such as diabetes. Scientists are now trying to develop an electronic nose for this very purpose.

The idea behind the technology would be to separate different profiles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as stated in a 2013 press release.

Researches are not yet able to accurately identify which VOCs link to which diseases, but there are significant studies that suggest this electronic nose can detect lung cancer and rule out any other lung condition.

Lead author of the press release states, “We have shown that it is possible to use breath tests to correctly identify lung cancer with a high sensitivity rate. The results of our study take us one step further to understand


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