Liquid calories and nutrition can be good or bad for blood sugar and diabetes. Knowing the good from the bad is especially important if you’re trying to stay healthy.
When you have diabetes, choosing the right drink isn’t always and recent studies only make it to be more confusing. Here are three drinks that are good for diabetic patients.
Could a few refreshing glasses of water assist with blood sugar control? A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care 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.
Experts recommend six to nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day for women and slightly more for men. Fruit, vegetables and other fluids also provide some level of water but not all of it.
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.
In one study of 322 people trying to slim down (some had type 2 diabetes, some had heart disease), those who drank the most milk—about 12 ounces a day—shed about 5 more pounds over the study period than those with the lowest dairy intake, about half a glass daily.
Low-fat or fat-free milk is a great beverage for people with diabetes. Adding milk as to a healthy diet can also help lower your blood pressure by three to five points, according to research from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Tea has no calories and a high level of antioxidants have made tea (particularly green and black) trendy for health 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 as much as 16 percent.
Tea may also help reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. The exception to these diabetic drinks: sweetened, bottled iced teas, which have tons of added sugar.
Four to five cups of tea are OK for most people, just be sure the caffeine doesn’t keep you awake at night. Avoid adding sugar and full-fat milk and cream.