Noticing your pee is smelling a little funny? It’s not at all uncommon for pee to have different odors depending on your diet or the foods you’ve recently eaten before using the facilities. Keeping an eye on your habits and the things you consume on a daily basis can help you figure out what is causing these aromas and if you should seek medical attention.
If you are finding that your urine smells sweet and almost honey-like, it might not seem alarming, but it may be a sign of that you have diabetes mellitus. As excess sugar tends to collect in the urine, it can create a sweet, sugary smell (and taste). Although today urologists analyze blood tests to check for diabetes, back in the 17th century, they would test urine samples for diabetes by using three of the five senses: sight, smell, and taste (yuck). Thomas Willis, a physician in 1675, described the taste of diabetic urine to be sweet like sugar or honey. The sweet taste and smell is typically a sign that a patient is likely to have diabetes. It’s a good idea to bring this issue to the attention of your doctor if you are smelling sweet smells when using the restroom.
8. Vitamin B6
Another reason why your urine can have a funny smell is due to the kinds of multivitamins you are taking. If there is an unpleasant medicinal smell in the urine, a vitamin B6 supplement may be to blame. Vitamins tend to dissolve in either fat or water before they are absorbed by the body. Vitamin B6 is water-soluble, which means it leaves through the urine. Aside from giving your urine an odd smell, it can also turn it a fluorescent green or greenish-yellow hue. Although the urine smell can be foul, there is no reason to be alarmed, and you should continue taking the daily vitamin.