DIABETES type 2 risk could be reduced by making diet changes. You could lower your risk of high blood sugar symptoms by drinking more of these six drinks. Are you at risk of high blood glucose signs?
- Diabetes symptoms include fatigue and passing more urine than normal
- Water is one of the best drinks for diabetes patients
- Milk, in moderation, could provide benefits for diabetics
- Unsweetened fruit juice and cordials are also good choices for patients
Diabetes affects about 3.7 million people in the UK. About 90 per cent of all of those cases are caused by type 2 diabetes, according to the NHS.
The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin.
Insulin is needed to help control blood sugar. Without enough of the hormone, diabetics struggle to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.
Diabetes type 2 patients can manage their blood sugar by making small changes to their diet or exercise plans.
Drinking these six drinks could help to prevent high blood sugar spikes.
Water is one of the best drinks for diabetes type 2 patients, said Diabetes.co.uk.
It helps the body to keep hydrated, while also not contributing to weight gain, it said.
“You can’t go too far wrong with pure water,” said the medical website.
“It provides the hydration your body needs and is, of course, zero carbohydrate and zero calories.”
Patients drinking milk may have to watch the amount of carbohydrate in their diet, but it’s still a good choice for diabetics.
If you have type 1 diabetes, check your blood sugar if you drink around 100ml or more.
“Milk tends to be a good source of energy and people that wish to watch their weight will need to take into account the calorie content of milk.
“Skimmed tends to have around half the calories of whole milk.”
Avoid sweetened fruit juice, if you choose to drink fruit juice.
The best drinks to look out for are real, unsweetened versions, it added.
Despite a relatively high carbohydrate content, fruit juice could be a good choice to help balance blood sugar before exercise.
“Despite being quite high in carbohydrate content, fruit juice needn’t be totally avoided and can be a good option before taking a sustained period of exercise as the activity may help to balance out the rise in blood sugar levels from the juice.”
Fruit cordials could be a good option for diabetes patients, as they have a lower carbohydrate and calorie content than some soft drinks. So, they make a great alternative.
Look out for sugar-free versions of fruit squash, said Diabetes.co.uk.
Black tea could help to improve insulin sensitivity in diabetes patients, research has claimed.
But, patients should avoid adding milk into their tea.
“Research into the effects of non-milky tea has identified a range of health benefits, including improving insulin sensitivity and helping maintain healthy blood pressure.
“Lovers of milk in tea will be disappointed to know that the health benefits generally aren’t realised when milk is added to tea.”
Drinking a moderate amount of coffee may provide some health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes.
Between two and three cups of coffee a day could help to prevent high blood sugar, studies have revealed.
But, drinking large amounts of coffee (five or more cups a day) could actually increase your risk of high blood sugar.
“Note that milky coffees such as lattes can be high in calories, with larger lattes sometimes varying between 100 and 300 calories,” said Diabetes.co.uk.