A study published in Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association, suggests that drinking water reduces the complications of type 2 diabetes. But, the question is how much water should a type 2 diabetic drink?
The best way to figure out the specific amount of water to be taken is by consulting a doctor. 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.
Water Requirements of a Type 2 Diabetic
The Institute of Medicine recommends 3 litres of water for diabetic men and 2.2 litres of water for type 2 diabetic women. The water requirement could also be met with other beverages i.e. other that drinking water. Health experts recommend consumption of caffeinated and carbonated beverages to be minimum, though herbal teas, such as green tea, work well for hydration.
What Research Says
A research conducted at the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) found that overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages plays a significant role in worsening diabetes complications. According to the study, taking care of what and how much to drink is as important as managing diet. Health experts opine that water is the most healthful way of keeping self hydrated as it contains no calories, additives or ingredients.
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French scientists examined 3,000 healthy men and women within the age group of 30 to 65 for a decade. All the subjects had normal blood sugar levels when the assessment began. After nine years, 800 developed type 2 diabetes or high blood sugar. It was found that those who consumed 17 to 34 ounces of water a day lowered the risk by 30 per cent than those who drank the least.
How do Type 2 Diabetics Stay Hydrated?
Type 2 diabetics experience thirst more frequently than a healthy person and should therefore, make additional efforts in managing blood sugar levels apart from the diet.
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Drinking too much of water may turn out to be dangerous for type 2 diabetics. To know when you are drinking more than what you should, check for signs of bloating or aching that occur as a result of an increase in blood volume due to ingestion of more water than needed. Moreover, intake of water in excess makes kidneys work harder to filter blood, damaging them over time.
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