A healthy diet, physical exercise, and treatments prescribed by your doctor are the three strategies for controlling diabetes. What drinks are suitable for diabetics?
In making a report published in the Spanish magazine Mejor con Salud, author Anna Villarasa said that when making recommendations for diabetics, these people tend to think exclusively about what foods they can eat and which should be avoided. But they rarely pay attention to the drinks that are available and not available to them.
This does not mean that these patients have to consume specific drinks, but some of the drinks available on the market do not suit them because they contain large amounts of carbohydrates or sugars that change blood sugar.
The author reported that diabetics suffer from a problem regulating insulin secretion and controlling blood sugar levels. However, it is necessary to manage these levels appropriately because high or low blood sugar can have serious health consequences.
The writer said that the best drinks that suit diabetes patients throughout the day are those that do not change blood glucose values are:
Water and carbonated water
There is no doubt that water is a healthy drink recommended for everyone. In fact, it is the best moisturizing option, as water is one of the main components of the body, and it can perform some functions, including temperature regulation, joint protection and waste disposal.
The author added that the water does not increase the level of glucose in the blood, and this also applies to the carbonated water.
Tea and coffee
The author mentioned coffee and tea are drinks suitable for diabetics as long as they are not sweetened with sugar. In addition, these drinks not only quench thirst, but also have other health benefits.
For example, green tea may help reduce anxiety and improve memory and attention. Its effects may also include prevention of certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, or high blood pressure.
Sugar-free soft drinks
The writer added that soft drinks are not among the recommended drinks for diabetics. Yet today there are many drinks that do not contain sugar and that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners that do not raise blood sugar, such as aspartame and saccharin.
Unauthorized drinks for diabetics
Diabetics cannot consume any type of beverage that is high in sugar because it may alter the blood sugar level. Therefore it is not recommended to consume the following drinks:
- Juices, whether ready-made or squeezed at home, do not contain added sugar, because they contain sugars that are naturally present in fruits but are quickly absorbed and raise blood sugar.
- Sugary soft drinks.
- Milk shake with sugar.