DIABETES type 2 risk could be lowered by making some diet or lifestyle changes. Drinking water is an easy way to avoid high blood sugar symptoms, but how much should you be drinking every day?
Diabetes affects about 3.7 million people in the UK. About 90 per cent of those are caused by type 2 diabetes.
The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Making some small lifestyle changes could lower the risk of developing the high blood sugar condition.
Drinking water is a great alternative to some sugary beverages, but how much should patients be drinking in a single day?
“When choosing what to drink, there are a couple of main considerations relevant to your diabetes to take into account,” said Diabetes.co.uk.
“The first consideration is whether, or how much, the drink will affect your blood sugar levels.
“The other main consideration, which will be relevant to all of us to some degree but of particular relevance for those of us watching our weight, is to consider the calorie content of drinks.”
Diabetics can’t go too far wrong with pure water, it added. It provides hydration for the body, while containing no calories or carbohydrates.
Seeing as obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, watching calories may help to reduce high blood sugar risk.
“Everyone should be aiming to drink at least six glasses of water everyday,” added diabetes doctor, Dr David Cavan.
“It is recommended that we drink at least 1.2 litres a day, which is six average-sized glasses or cups,” said Cavan.
“It doesn’t have to be plain water, and can include other drinks, such as unsweetened tea and ‘normal’ coffee [i.e. not a high-calorie large cappuccino].”
Drinking a glass of water before a meal is said to help you lose weight, because it makes the stomach feel fuller, so you don’t feel the need to eat so much, added Cavan.
Adding more coffee to a diabetic’s daily morning routine could also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, he said.
While too much coffee could impair the effect of insulin, a few cups every day could be beneficial for patients, added Cavan.