- October 12, 2015
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- Posted by: Health Advisor
When you have diabetes, choosing the right drink isn’t always simple. And recent studies may only add to the confusion. Is coffee helpful or harmful to insulin resistance? Does zero-calorie diet soda cause weight gain? With so many questions in mind, we are very apprehensive about what to consume and avoid.
Here is a list of drinks you can consume and drinks you should avoid if you’re diabetic:
Researchers have found that people who drank 16 ounces or less of water a day (two cups worth) were 30 percent more likely to have high blood sugar than those who drank more than that daily. The connection seems to be a hormone called vasopressin, which helps the body regulate hydration. Vasopressin levels increase when a person is dehydrated, which prompts the liver to produce more blood sugar.
Milk provides the calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D your body needs for many essential functions. Plus, research shows it may also boost weight loss. A Low-fat or fat-free milk is a great beverage for people with diabetes. Adding milk to a healthy diet can also help lower your blood pressure (a concern for many people with diabetes) by three to five points according to research.
No calories, big flavor, and a boatload of antioxidants have made tea particularly green and black trendy for healthy reasons, especially for diabetics. One Chinese study showed that black tea not green or oolong tea has the highest levels of polysaccharides, which slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Sipping four cups a day could lower the risk for developing diabetes by 16 percent, a new German study found. Tea may also help reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Some studies suggest that coffee drinkers are at lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes. (A compound in coffee called chlorogenic acid seems to slow absorption of glucose into the bloodstream.) But other research indicates that for people who already have diabetes, coffee may raise blood sugar or make the body work harder to process it. Bottom line: It comes down to how coffee affects your individual blood sugar. What many people with diabetes add to their coffee may be more of the issue.
Soda and Sugary Fruit Drinks
With ten teaspoons of sugar in every 12-ounce can or bottle, sweet drinks can send your blood sugar soaring and boost your risk for weight gain, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. One sugary drink a day adds 150 empty calories and 40 to 50 grams of blood-sugar-raising carbohydrates to your diet, and can lead to a weight gain of 15 pounds per year, say researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Research shows that sugar (whether table sugar or high-fructose corn syrup) can cause people to pack on belly fat and increases inflammation and insulin resistance, boosting the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Are fizzy, zero-calorie drinks a brilliant choice, or could they also lead to weight gain and mess with your ability to absorb blood sugar?In some studies, diet soda fans were at a greater risk for gaining weight than people who drank the regular kind. In another, diet soda drinkers were 67 percent more likely to develop diabetes than people who didn’t drink them. If you already have a soda habit, it’s probably OK to sip one a day instead of a sugary version. But make sure to also drink healthy beverages like water and tea. Resist the temptation to see diet soda as a magic eraser for foods like chips, dips, sweets, fries, and burgers.