Dehydration influences blood sugar control negatively. Over a period of time, it can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Water plays a essential role in good health and wellness. Failure to drink sufficient water can lead to spikes in blood sugar. Dehydration- excessive loss of body water can cause the body to induce vasopressin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps control various bodily functions; including helping to prevent loss of water from the body by reducing urine output and helping the kidneys reabsorb water into the body.
A study found that people who drink at least 1 liter (around 34 ounces) of water per day were 21% less likely to develop high blood sugar than those who drank 16 ounces or less per day.
A long-term study on 4,742 people in Sweden originated that over 12.6 years, an increase of vasopressin in the blood was linked to an increase in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
More water, please!
How much water should you drink? Determinately, water consumption is contingent on each individual.
If a doctor doesn’t specify the amount of water intake necessary, a diabetic’s water requirement is the same as of any healthy individual. The Institute of Medicine recommends 3 liters of water for diabetic men and 2.2 liters of water for type 2 diabetic women.
It is important to make sure you drink water as soon as you are parched. Also, intensify water consumption while exercising and during warm weather.
Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, Inc. recommends you choose water preferably over soft drinks and sugary juice considering the sugar content can lead to blood sugar spikes. We also recommend spring water. Although spring water typically undergoes some processing and filtering to remove debris and kill bacteria and other microbes, most of the mineral content such as calcium and magnesium is left in the water.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.
Ruby A. Neeson Diabetes Awareness Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia-based nonprofit organization raising diabetes awareness and prevention through education, community outreach and advocacy programs. We are dedicated and committed to creating supportable and sustainable opportunities for those affected by diabetes.
Written By: Mutima Jackson-Anderson, CHW on September 6, 2018