The sudden warning sign of one’s breath smelling like nail polish remover occurs when your body is unable to utilize sugar properly and burns fat for fuel instead. The chemical compounds released during this process are known as ketones. The ketone, acetone -- a key ingredient in nail polish remover -- produces the telltale diabetes warning sign of fruity-smelling breath.
You may also experience a fruity taste in your mouth that persists even after you’ve brushed your teeth. Referred to medically as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), this symptom can result in a diabetic coma if left untreated.
Additional warning signs of diabetes include:
- Frequent thirst and urination
- Craving sweets