Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Water, Water Everywhere!

The risk of dehydration is higher for diabetics, and even greater when running high blood sugars on a hot summer day. High glucose levels trigger the body to draw extra water from the cells to flush out the glucose, which is then excreted in urine. This process requires the body to use its stored fluid. High blood sugars combined with sweating and inadequate fluid intake can quickly lead to dehydration or even severe hydration (dangerous).
As the dog days of July are upon us, here are a few reminders on staying hydrated:
Try for eight cups of fluid per day, even more when hot and sweaty.
Any non-caffeinated fluid counts. Water is terrific, but you won't get busted by the Dehydration Police if you sip on decaf iced tea or another sugar-free favorite.

From the Diabetes Blog http://thediabetesbolg.com/

1 comment:

Heart of Roses said...

Wow! This blog has been so informational! Diabetes actually runs in my family so this has been a very interesting thing to read.

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