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Can Diabetes Really Skew Breath Test Results?

Can Diabetes Really Skew Breath Test Results?

When people take breath tests on the roadside during law enforcement traffic stops, many different factors may influence the results – even diabetes. Breathalyzer tests are not perfect, and the effects of diabetes could lead to an inflated blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading. How Could Diabetes Affect a Breathalyzer Reading? Diabetes impacts the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin, which is a hormone. When the body cannot use insulin properly or has too little insulin, glucose builds up in the blood. A build-up of glucose in the bloodstream is called high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Untreated hyperglycemia can lead the body...

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