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From Atlanta, Georgia, USA:

Can sunburn and/or vaccinations cause elevated blood sugar readings in a 32 year old male Type 1 diabetic? Vaccines were for an overseas trip and included Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, TD, Measles, oral Typhoid. Also, he seems to sometimes have what I think is acetone breath, but his blood sugar readings are then fine. Can something else cause this odor? It smells like alcohol to me.


Because sunburn and vaccinations can be considered "stressors" to the body, yes they can cause elevations in the blood sugars. I would think that these elevations would be short-lived, though. You also asked about an alcohol or acetone smell to the breath when blood sugars are within a normal range. You also mentioned that this person is in his 30's. Might it be alcohol you are smelling?


Original posting 30 May 1998
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA


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