Dehydration is one of the common problems faced by people with diabetes. In this blog, you will learn about diabetes and dehydration and why it’s important to keep yourself hydrated.
Before moving ahead, ask yourself, are you drinking enough water? If you don’t know the answer to this, try to answer the following:
Do you feel fatigued often?
Do you suffer from memory fog?
Are you often irritable?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions or all, most probably you are suffering from dehydration or lack of water in your body and are unaware of it.
Staying hydrated is essential, especially for people with diabetes, who need to ensure they remain hydrated constantly.
So, How Does Drinking Water Help People With Diabetes?
Water helps in diluting the amount of sugar circulating in the blood, thereby making it easy for you to maintain your blood glucose level.
When our bloodstream has a high level of glucose in it, our kidneys attempt to expel the extra sugar through urine. This can also leave a person with diabetes dehydrated. This is why people with diabetes experience increased urination and heightened thirst. Drinking water helps to rehydrate the blood when the body tries to remove excess glucose through urine and lowers the blood glucose level, giving relief to our overworked kidneys.
Here are some small tips to ensure you get your optimum water intake:
Always Carry a Reusable Water Bottle
Make your water bottle your best friend and don’t go anywhere without it. Its constant presence will mean you drink water regularly and know what your daily consumption is.
Use an App to Remind Yourself
With a ton of free apps, use one that builds your water drinking habit and sets up reminders for you. Download them to see which works best for you and helps you achieve your daily goal! Also, keep a check on your blood glucose levels through regular monitoring.
Make it a Habit
Drink water as part of your daily routine. Each time you open social media, drink water. Every time you reach for a snack, drink water. Every time you monitor your blood sugar, drink water. Things that you do often, every day, make sure to drink water along with them.
Try Some Alternatives
Drinking plain water can be boring, so go ahead and infuse your water. Add fruits and/or herbs to your glass or bottle to make it more refreshing and interesting. You can add slices of lemon and lime or cucumbers. Similarly, add sprigs of mint or basil to a water bottle and leave it overnight to infuse it with a refreshing flavor into it. Go ahead and experiment.
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Author: Meeta Kapur