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Swap Your Drink to Control Your Diabetes
It’s like a diet ad you’d see in the back of a magazine: Lose weight, feel better, and control your diabetes, all without changing the food you eat.
The Harms of Sugary Sips
On any given day, about half of Americans drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage. Besides soda, added sugars lurk in many other cans and cups, including:
• Sports drinks
Other Ways to Wet Your Whistle
Water is the simplest alternative to sugary drinks. And it helps keep you hydrated and healthy. But you don’t have to quench your thirst with only plain old H2O. Try the following:
• Squeeze a lime or lemon into your water to add flavor.
For diet sodas, 100% fruit juices and other low-calorie drinks and drink mixes, check out your local Rite Aid. Be sure to talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist about your diabetes management plan.
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