Dehydration is a physical state marked by insufficient water in the body. This is a risk of Type II Diabetes, and arises due to lack of control of sugar and insulin in blood. It can be potentially fatal, unless the body gets enough water immediately. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration in regular people. However, in diabetics, this mechanism happens to be disrupted. It is rarely that diabetics feel any thirst and it leads to lots of complications. Loss of vision and fainting are two of the common problems in diabetics, due to dehydration.
How to Prevent Dehydration in Diabetics?
Most adults require a daily water intake of 3 – 4 liters. In case you consume alcohol, fruit juices, caffeinated drinks, energy drinks, coffee, soda etc, you should have twice the amount in water than the other liquids that you drink. It can help compensate the diuretic effects of alcohol, sugar and caffeine. It is extra water along with the recommended 3 – 4 liters.
When you drink lots of coffee or soda, it is possible for your body to get dehydrated. Energy drinks mostly supply sugars to the body, and can dehydrate all those who consume it. You should not drink Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Gatorade and other energy drinks while working out or spending too much energy due to dehydrating drinks.
You can make your own drink that can supply electrolytes, water and also a small amount of energy to your body. Add a gallon of water, ½ teaspoon of sea salt and 1 to 2 cups of quality fruit juice, to make a drink.
It is important to be careful, lest you end up drinking too much water. Water poisoning might be rare, but is as severe and potentially life-threatening as dehydration. Even if you feel thirsty, never consume over 16 to 20 oz water or any other liquid at one time.
How to Prevent / Manage Diabetes?
The onset of diabetes can be avoided by non-diabetics, and the condition can be managed in diabetics, with the help of a proper lifestyle, enough rest, an active lifestyle, reduced stress and a good diet comprising of vegetables and fruits like Broccoli and Pumpkin. It is a good idea to have sufficient water as well, so as to keep your bodily processes running well. Fruit juices, such as unsweetened and natural orange juice, can be a great way to avoid dehydration problems in diabetics.
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