Could BAC Results for Diabetics Read Higher Than Normal?

Breathalyzer results for diabetics could read higher than actual BAC estimates because, according to the NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Association), these individuals can have high levels of acetone in their breath. The same goes for individuals on extreme diets including fasting and low carb diets.

Acetone is a substance that is falsely identified as ethanol (also called ethyl alcohol) by some breath alcohol testers.

However, whether or not the presence of acetone will affect a breathalyzer reading depends on the actual breathalyzer used for testing. Breathalyzers with fuel cell sensor technology, such as the BACtrack S80, BACtrack TraceBACtrack S75, and the BACtrack Element, are all non-responsive to acetone.