I Smell Different?

By Young1s Latest Reply 2017-11-05 07:23:35 -0600
Started 2012-03-27 07:25:13 -0500

So my husband says to me last night that he has noticed that my natural scent has changed. I asked if it is an unpleasant scent and he says no. He said it's still my scent but a little different. It's not the scent he's been used to smelling for the past 21 years. Not sure how I feel about this at the moment, just I'm happy that my husband isn't put off by this or doesn't feel like he's sleeping with a stranger.

Is this possibly a side-effect from the diabetes? Can diabetes actually change the chemical make up of my natural scent? Has anyone else experienced this?

96 replies

Debbila 2017-10-15 22:42:24 -0500 Report

You don't smell different, he smells with his nose.
Don't mean to be a grammar Nazi, but I hate when people use the word this way.

PJam fan
PJam fan 2017-11-05 07:23:35 -0600 Report

Don't correct someone's grammar unless YOU KNOW what you're talking about!! Online dictionary entry #2 under "verb".

2. emit an odor or scent of a specified kind.
"it smelled like cough medicine"
have a strong or unpleasant odor.
"if I don't get a bath soon I'll start to smell"
synonyms: stink, reek, have a bad smell, whiff

Also, people don't post here to receive BAD grammatical advice from you, nor do they care what you "hate".

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-16 19:42:28 -0600 Report

Y E S ! ! ! when I was in the hospital this past September, one of the nurses told me that she knew what was wrong with me just by the smell, and the odor of my breath…sort of hurt me feelings but she explained to me that was normal.

ston3xc 2012-03-31 15:27:33 -0500 Report

Talk about your "march madness", this thread is starting to get a little "mad"!lol I hate to say it, but diabetes with the age factor might have a lot to do with a change in scent. I know my husbands' scent has changed a little and he still has the same good hygiene habits that he always had. It's not a bad smell, just a little different.

loisanne53 2012-03-30 15:03:57 -0500 Report

I have read that some diabetics smell fruity…ok here come the jokes! haha! It has something to do with your body and ketones. I have also read that doctors disagree on whether ketones are bad for your kidneys or not…it has always left me confused!

MrsCDogg 2012-03-29 12:47:01 -0500 Report

I've notice that in myself in the past year especially. My husband hasn't said anything but I do smell different.

Young1s 2012-03-29 17:18:52 -0500 Report

Well I have to say that I have noticed a different scent when I sweat from exercising (yes Cavie I sweat), but other than that, I don't notice the change.

jayabee52 2012-03-29 17:29:12 -0500 Report

I couldn't tell the difference anyway as my olfactory nerves are pretty well burnt out! Too many years on a (stinky) dairy farm and as a Certified Nurse aide (stinky work also). Or maybe it is neuropathy.

jayabee52 2012-03-31 15:46:48 -0500 Report

I would expect that one could. They are nerves after all, but my sense of smell has declined long before I had diabetes.

MAYS 2012-03-28 10:03:50 -0500 Report

Yes diabetes can change your body chemistry, thereby changing, or causing a body odor.
Also different medications, how they break down in our system and how they are absorbed can have an effect on our body chemistry, possibly producing odors.

Many factors determine whether or not the odor that is being emitted is of a pleasant, or unpleasant type, either way we should take note of it if we are aware of it, or once it has been brought to our attention by others.

Either way, good or bad, sweet or sour, once you know that you have a body odor of some type, tell your doctor, together you can find the cause of it.

These links may interest you:





Young1s 2012-03-28 10:52:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for the links, Mays. Very helpful. And yes, I have another doctor's appointment in a few weeks and plan to let her know about it.

GabbyPA 2012-03-28 08:35:57 -0500 Report

What goes in does come out, and if our breath can smell different because of our diabetes I sure would imagine our skin would as well. Could be a combination of meds and foods. I know my hubby takes on a different smell when he takes some extra pain pills for a hard week. I have noticed that I smell different to me as well, so I think it has a lot to do with what you are putting in.

Young1s 2012-03-28 13:26:47 -0500 Report

Well I'm just happy it's still basically my scent…just with a twist.

Nick1962 2012-03-28 13:52:51 -0500 Report

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tailor that, like if taking cinnamon pills and 1 oz. of vanilla extract each day would make you smell like snickerdoodle cookies?

Young1s 2012-03-28 14:44:55 -0500 Report

You know, I've never had one so don't know what they smell like. Now if your talking cookies, then a hot chocolate chip or an oatmeal peanut butter is the smell I desire.

Somoca 2012-03-27 21:59:50 -0500 Report

Ok, time for grown-up talk. Put the children to bed. When my S.O. places his head between my DD's he says that I smell like cake. I am inclined to think that this is a good thing. I have stopped eating as much processed foods and more fruits and greens. I also drink more water so it purges more toxins out of my system. The diabetes has dried out my skin so I am inclined to also use liquid soap with fruit in them. It may have contributed to my new scent. I have noticed that if I eat garlic, it hangs around me longer as if I owe it money, lol.
Since I am in the land of "40" a lot of things have changed about my body, including the scent .

Young1s 2012-03-27 23:10:28 -0500 Report

Then it's official I guess. Because not only am I eating healthier than ever before, but all I drink is water now. With the exception of my morning tea.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-27 21:19:38 -0500 Report

Young 1, I am not sure how I would feel if my husband told me this since I feel very different STILL at times from others! I believe that we change in many respects, on the outside and some things on the inside. What remains the same no matter what are our HEARTS and our willingness to share them with others! You and your hubby have one another, blessings!

pixsidust 2012-03-27 20:31:22 -0500 Report

My ex was on medicine for bipolar. The smell of it came out his pores.
I have another friend who takes a lot of herb/vitamin supplements and his scent is different too. I think what we ingest comes out our pores. If he doesn't mind, don't worry. If he has that face to wake up to every morning, then he is a lucky man to be sure

Young1s 2012-03-27 21:05:48 -0500 Report

Well thank you Pixsi. He says he was hesitant to tell me because he wasn't sure how I would take it. And to be honest, I was a bit speechless for a few seconds. But my hubby has no issues with telling me like it is, so I truly believe him when he says that it's not unpleasant at all. Besides, I could smell like a billy goat and he would still love me regardless. Of that I'm sure.

cavie2 2012-03-27 19:32:26 -0500 Report

It's like when you have keytones in your urine it smells sweet and your sweat smells the same. But can I just point out we women don't sweat, nor do we perspire, we GLOW…

jigsaw 2012-03-27 20:14:52 -0500 Report

Not on this side of the Atlantic !

cavie2 2012-03-27 22:35:40 -0500 Report

Excuse me snookums but a wiz talking to we wumin, a wiznae counting the men

jigsaw 2012-03-28 09:26:24 -0500 Report

Deep down inside, I know you're right! Besides, I know when I'm rowing in the pond without a paddle or even a boat for that matter!

GabbyPA 2012-03-29 08:03:53 -0500 Report

Nah, not shut down, but we would add the *#@ to replace the word. Of course if you say it with a Scottish accent, we might not know the difference.

tabby9146 2012-03-27 12:26:46 -0500 Report

not sure, have not read other's posts yet but if you are on Metformin, I read on here, and in other places a lng time ago, that it can make you smell different, not 100% sure of this though.

Young1s 2012-03-27 12:41:27 -0500 Report

Nope, not on Met. Hoping it's just the diet change as Nick mentioned below. But I'll do some research later to see if it could be something else…just in case.

Caroltoo 2012-03-27 12:47:05 -0500 Report

Your body is healthier so it is processing food differently, plus you are giving it different food to process. Different is OK, we all chage through our lives. Now, if he thought it was a bad smell, I'd check it out because that would be more likely to be something of concern. It won't take long for him to come to associate the mild change in scent with the newly healthy and happy person you are becoming.

babydoll090906 2012-03-27 08:42:16 -0500 Report

My fiancee' said my breath smelled sweet. Two weeks later I lost my right kidney. I hope you stay healthy.

Nick1962 2012-03-27 08:37:03 -0500 Report

Oh most definitely. Your sweat and natural body oils contain traces of all the different foods you eat. Like Lou says, ketones play a large part in this. When most people, diabetic or not, significantly change their diet, they change their body chemistry, including their pheromones. I could raise a good stink cutting the grass in our 90+ degree heat, now the wife finds it almost pleasant and manly. I remember when the perfume Love’s Baby Soft was popular I couldn’t stand it on most women – always smelled like they just finished changing a baby – but one co-worker really rocked it and always smelled like a fresh cleaned baby when we went out.

tabby9146 2012-03-27 12:28:17 -0500 Report

omg I LOVED that perfume as a teenager and into my early 20s! that brings back memories. My daughter is 10 and wanting to wear some perfume (too young, I know) and that one would be perfect for her!

dietcherry 2012-03-27 10:33:01 -0500 Report

haha Nick there is something about the smell of a mans sweat that can drive a woman to distraction! After cutting grass, chopping wood — WOW! ;)

Somoca 2012-03-27 22:03:31 -0500 Report

Chopping wood does it for me. Something about that sawdust…yes lawd, lol.

dietcherry 2012-03-27 22:38:01 -0500 Report

They got the shirt off, the work boots on, the jeans slung a little low on the hips, and swinging that ax!!!!! I need a cold shower ;)

Young1s 2012-03-27 23:02:32 -0500 Report

Hahahaha!! Quite alright. Wouldn't have guessed in a million years that a discussion about my evolving natural scent would lead to an "It's Raining Men" visual.

Nick1962 2012-03-28 10:46:04 -0500 Report

Sorry, I think I may have started that, but i didn't expect to get dietcherry all worked up. But scent is a funny thing, I just finished reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and may have fallen in love a little with the title character based on what i thought her scent would be.

jigsaw 2012-03-27 19:25:33 -0500 Report

So, if I come to visit all dripping and covered with sweat, does that mean I might sweep you off your feet??????????

jigsaw 2012-03-27 19:55:18 -0500 Report

How about if I chop down some trees , mow the lawn and rake up the grass in the hot sun? I know, at this point in my life, I would probably end up with a heat stroke and that's about it! It would be a gallant effort though !!!

tabby9146 2012-03-27 12:28:44 -0500 Report

some men smell bad after sweating, some don't. ;-)

jigsaw 2012-03-27 19:37:35 -0500 Report

Some women smell bad after sweating and some don't ;-( All men smell bad after sweating !

Set apart
Set apart 2012-03-27 21:13:48 -0500 Report

When men sweat TO ME they smell like wet puppies! Now there is something nice about watching a man work up a sweat from a distance! LOL!

jigsaw 2012-03-27 21:54:24 -0500 Report

My thoughts are beginning to drift, shall we say into the wild blue yonder, or maybe the green pastures ! Time for me to go to bed. My wife will probably watch tv for another hour, so I get to go to bed with Jamie. That's the dog!
Have a good eve !

Nick1962 2012-03-27 10:50:28 -0500 Report

Not to take this into the gross zone, the same can be said for "chick sweat". Had a girlfriend who used a gardenia body wash and worked in a specialty leather store at a local mall. Hard to drive home after picking her up from work!

Young1s 2012-03-27 09:31:31 -0500 Report

I see, so basically…I am what I eat. I guess that makes sense. Not eating as much greasy, over processed and unhealthy fast foods as I used to. Strange that I can't smell the difference but I guess I'm too close to myself to notice.