Water best option

2016-11-09 06:01

According to the International Diabetes Federations’ Diabetes Atlas (2013), more than three quarters of deaths in Africa are due to diabetes in people under 60 years of age.

In developing countries, including South Africa, less than half of people with diabetes are diagnosed.

Whilst type 1 diabetes is related to genetics, the most prevalent form, type 2, is a direct result of an unhealthy lifestyle and poor food choices.

The federation states that food plays a vital role in reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes, but equally so, what we drink can be a ticking time bomb. Popular high sugar drinks such as sodas, iced teas and fruit juices contain an unhealthy amount of sugar and much debate rages around the “sugar free” variations thereof. Water is always the best option, as it will not raise blood sugar levels and helps the body eliminate excess glucose through urine. According to studies, women should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day and men up to ten.

A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care suggests that people who drink two cups or less of water a day are 30% more likely to have high blood sugar than those who drink more than that daily.

The reason for this is due to a hormone called vasopressin which helps the body regulate hydration. When a person is dehydrated, vasopressin stimulates the liver to produce more blood sugar.

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