Staying hydrated is especially important for people with diabetes since high blood sugar levels deplete fluids.
Although we usually think about the importance of drinking enough water or other liquids in the warm summer months, dehydration can happen at any time. It's especially important for people with diabetes to keep track of their hydration needs since high blood sugar levels deplete fluids. Here are some tips for staying hydrated all day, every day.
You've probably heard the golden rule that we should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, and while that's generally good advice, it doesn't hold true for everyone. A good way to tell if you're properly hydrated is to check your urine. If it's colorless or light yellow, you're likely in good shape. If it's amber or dark yellow, you're likely at risk for dehydration and should consider changing your habits.
The best thing you can do to stay hydrated is to sip water all day long. Water has zero calories or added sugars and, according to WebMD, it also plumps up your skin and hydrates your muscles. However, water can be a little boring and, well, low on taste. Here are some other options that are low in sugar but a little more exciting:
Unsweetened coffee and tea in moderation can hydrate you, too. Mayo Clinic notes that, although caffeine is a mild diuretic (i.e., it increases urine production), a cup or two per day of a caffeinated beverage won't increase your risk of dehydration.
It's one thing to know you need to drink enough, but it's another thing to make sure you're consistently consuming enough liquids. Here are some simple suggestions to help you stay hydrated every day:
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