Diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease, where there are high levels of sugar in the blood. An estimated 300 million persons worldwide are living with diabetes, and this number is estimated to reach approximately 438 million by the year 2030.
Many persons are living with it and don’t even know they’re diabetic, and the bitter truth is that this condition is becoming a serious problem here in the United States and around the world. There is no cure for diabetes, and treatment usually involves medicines, diet, and exercise in order to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms and problems.
For diabetics to seriously seek to reduce their risk, a key component of their diet plan should be to drink water instead of the numerous beverages that have added sugar (this includes flavored water and sodas). Most diabetics experience frequent thirst (a warning sign that their glucose levels are high), and water is the best way to quench that thirst, and to break down those sugars. Additionally, water should be a constant, in order to keep the body functioning normally. Drinking the most healthy liquid on earth - water – is a critical part of the process for diabetics to stay hydrated.
Every diabetic should drink at least 5 to 6 glasses of water every single day, and eat water-rich foods (fruits and vegetables). Fruits and vegetables that are especially rich in water include pineapple, grapes, citrus fruits, melon, apples, and tomatoes.
It is important to note that:
- Drinking large amounts of less healthful liquids (alcohol, caffeinated beverages and carbonated drinks) can actually cause dehydration, and not quench thirst.
- You can actually drink too much water, and doing so can be dangerous for diabetics. If you drink so much water that you start to ache or feel bloated, you probably have had more than enough.
1 final word about Diabetes and Water – water is life, and if you drink adequate amounts of it everyday, you will find (generally) that you are more healthy, and less susceptible to diseases and ailments.