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Dehydration in diabetics.

Hydration and Diabetes. The importance of water in diabetics

People who suffer from diabetes are highly susceptible to dehydration given their elevated levels of glucose in their bloodstream leading to a decrease in their body’s hydration. If glucose levels reach a level that is abnormally high for an extended period of time, your kidneys try to purify your blood by generating urine. This urine is expelled from the body alongside most of the body’s water.

Due to this mechanism, diabetics can sometimes feel extreme thirst when their glucose levels are high. Thus, replenishing water levels in the body can help to mitigate and rehydrate the bloodstream.

This is also why we experience dry mouth when our glucose levels are high.

Some symptoms of dehydration include but are not limited to:

  • Thirst
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth and eyes
  • Dry or Sticky mouth
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Focus
  • Kidney Problems
  • Very yellow or dark brown urine

Recommendations to prevent dehydration in diabetics

The easiest way to treat dehydration is to simply drink more water. Other liquids also work but sugarless water is the best. It is important to know that dehydration also come with hyperglycemia (elevated levels of glucose in the blood) so drinking sugary liquids or even fruit juices can worsen the problem.

So, on top of drinking your daily 2 liters of water, adding healthy food with a high water content can guarantee a healthy and hydrated body. Everything will work better, you’ll be better and you will be able to have a healthier life which is the end goal for all of us.

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