Today’s pace of life prevents us from properly hydrating. Since we were little, we’ve been taught that being thirsty is an alarm signal that warns us that we’re starting to get dehydrated. Therefore, we want to show you some tips for proper hydration.
Importance of drinking water in a diabetic adult. Diabetes hydration
Is it really that dangerous not to drink water?
In a healthy adult, being on the side of drinking water all day is excessive because acting when thirst appears would be enough to prevent possible dehydration. But what if you’re a diabetic adult?
Well, a diabetic adult does require regular hydration to maintain good glycaemic control and prevent dehydration. The first choice liquid should always be water.
Importance of hydration in diabetic children and the elderly
Children and the elderly are very vulnerable to dehydration, so extreme precautions must be taken.
In older people, the feeling of thirst decreases and they do not drink the amount of water needed. This risk soars during the summer months. How can we act on prevention?
A good method is to educate them to drink water constantly throughout the day, as if it were another medicine.
Also, it benefits them to eat water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. But beware of forgetting the carbohydrates that these foods provide.
On the other hand, in children the body surface-to-weight ratio they have is much higher than in adults. What should we consider?
When the ambient temperature is higher than body temperature, children heat up and sweat faster than an adult.
They have fewer fluids in their body, so equal loss to an adult, it’s easy to guess who has an increased risk of dehydration.
With the continuous physical activity carried out by children and adolescents they lose a lot of fluid, either through sweat and evaporation, the latter being almost imperceptible and thus more dangerous.
How to hydrate a person with diabetes?
We recommend choosing drinks with little or no calories, including: Water. Unsweetened tea. Coffee shop Diet fizzy drink. Other beverages and powders for low calorie beverages.
What if I don’t drink water and I have diabetes?
By not recognizing that adult diabetes is a complication of dehydration, over time it can cause massive damage to blood cells throughout the body. This can later lead to loss from the toes to even the legs due to gangrene and blindness.
Homemade or prepared Oral Serum:
Add the juice of a lemon to the water, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of coffee and a half of salt, two tablespoons of sugar and stir to mix the ingredients well. You will replace the minerals and electrolytes lost. Drink at least two liters a day.
How to get good hydration in summer if you have diabetes
Although a priori, drinking water throughout the day can seem like a simple task, in practice, it’s not so much. That’s why we offer you cheerful and fun options to eat water, which will help you to hydrate and maintain good glycemic control during the summer and the rest of the year.
Solid foods that provide water prevent dehydration
Not only does the man hydrate as 20-30% of the water we eat comes from food. Fruits and vegetables are our best allies because they provide water and help the kidneys in their purifying function.
Among the fruits stand out for their high water content and are excellent for diabetes:melon, watermelon, pineapple and apple.
Among the most water-rich vegetables are cucumber, zucchini, tomato, canons and lettuce.
Don’t forget that these healthy, water-rich foods contain carbohydrates. Therefore, we must introduce them into our diet adjusting their contents to the total of carbohydrates to be ingested in each meal.
Tips on diabetes to give the water flavor and color
When it comes to hydrating, the main drink to consider is natural water. As it is oodora, colorless and fearless it does not have a large number of followers despite the multiple benefits it brings.
Put flavor, smell and color on the water in a healthy way
If you don’t drink because it’s tasteless, the solution is to flavor it by adding mint and/or different fruits like strawberry or lemon.
If the water is boring and monotonous, you can give it joy. Introduce color thanks to these fruits: strawberries, strawberries with ginger or lime.
Another good option to drink water both at home and if you’re socializing are:
Carbonated water with a slice of lemon
Infusions such as tea to which you can also add fruits
Peppermint with ice
Within the infusions option, drains should be vetoed because they promote the removal of liquids. Although they are widely consumed in summer due to bikini surgery, care should be taken for the risk of dehydration and alter glycaemic control, the best known example is horsetail infusions.
If you find tea or coffee bitter, use sweeteners that are preferably non-caloric:
They do not provide energy or increase blood glucose. However, it should not be exceeded in its consumption, as there are studies that speak of a possible relationship between its use and modifications in the gut microbiota.
Cyclamate and sacarine carry sodium, so be careful if you have high blood pressure in addition to diabetes.
Aspartame and sucralfate do not carry sodium and would be the right choice, although without a doubt the best option is to re-edit the palate to new flavors and not use sweeteners.
The option to drink beer as a hydration liquid is not good. It is true that it moisturizes and refreshes a lot on these hot days, but in diabetes it remains in health because:
It dangerously lowers blood glucose levels and can lead to hypoglycaemia. It should be emphasized that glucagon does not work in hypoglycaemias caused after drinking alcohol.
If you drink milk that is preferably skim. Because of its carbohydrate content, as we have said with fruits and vegetables, you have to take the right rations so that their contribution produces only health benefits and does not increase your blood glucose levels.
If you drink water regularly throughout the day and put fruits and vegetables into your diet, your body will be hydrated and healthy throughout the summer, because remember that drinking water is drinking health.