Type 2 diabetes: Smell of your pee can be ‘less common’ but notable sign of the condition

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The smell of your urine isn’t normally cause for concern. It’s normally rather easy to return it to a normal smell. Common reasons for a change in smell are consuming certain foods. Coffee and asparagus, for example, can result in a distinctive odour.

In this case, your urine will be sweet smelling and you’ll be urinating more than usual.

It could also be a sign of kidney stones.

In this scenario, you’ll have blood in your pee.

Accompany symptoms of kidney stones include pain in the side of your abdomen or groin, feeling or being nauseous (sick) along with a severe pain that comes and goes.


Smelly urine can also be a sign of liver failure.

Other symptoms of liver failure include:
• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
• Abdominal pain
• Nauseousness

Whilst this may worry you if you’re pee smells funny it is important to remember the following warning presented by NHS, “[D]o not self-diagnose – always see a GP.”

Sometimes your urine can also be a sign a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

UTIs are infections that affect your urinary tract, the system through which urine passes.

Antibiotics can be used to treat them, but they’re not always needed.

UTIs can affect your bladder, urethra or kidneys and can affect people of all age groups.

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