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March 10, 2001

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Question from Virginia, USA:

My daughter has type 1 diabetes, and she has always had a different smell than my other children. Even though she washes her hair daily, her scalp has a distinct order. I was wondering if this has to do with diabetes. It's not an offensive order, just a different one. Do children with diabetes have a different smell?

Answer:

I don’t know of any reason why children with diabetes might smell differently, but then again I don’t know of any research looking into this.

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