It’s a balancing act. For patients living with diabetes, the risk of dehydration is significantly higher than others, and getting plenty of fluids is a year-long concern, no matter how hot or cold the outside temperature is.
Diabetes symptoms are often subtle, but excessive thirst and increased urination are two very common ones.
When the condition leads to excessive glucose build-up in the bloodstream, the kidneys are forced to work overtime to process it. And when excess glucose is pushed out of the system via urine, it takes essential fluids from the tissues along with it – leaving the diabetic patient feeling dehydrated and thirsty.
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) triggers more urination, and the cycle becomes a vicious and dangerous one if blood sugars are not balanced the right away.
November is National Diabetes Month, and we’d like to take this opportunity to give our diabetic clients a list of beverages they can safely take to battle dehydration throughout the year.
Hydrate With These
•Water: Obviously the best choice, as it won’t raise blood sugar levels. The Institute Of Medicine suggests 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men.
•Tea: The beverage can help reduce blood pressure and lower LDL `bad cholesterol’ levels. Research suggests that 6 cups a day may even lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
•Coffee: A study conducted in 2012 found that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee may also reduce risks of developing type 2 diabetes. (Both caffeinated and decaf.)
•Sparkling Water: The zero calorie versions with no added sweeteners not only hydrates but improves swallowing ability and relieves constipation as well.
•Infused Water: Adding a few slices of fruit or herbs (lemon, oranges, watermelon, basil, ginger, cucumber etc.) to water can give your drink the hint of flavor you need to encourage you to drink more.
• Vegetable Juice: Fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Even those with labels that say `no extra sugar added’ aren’t good choices for diabetics. In contrast, juices made from cucumber, green leafy veggies etc. provide the necessary fluids and nutrients without the needless sugar intake.
• Low-Fat Milk: Whole milk is rich in good minerals, but they also add a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates to a diabetic’s diet. Low-fat or skimmed milk, therefore, make a more sensible choice.