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People with diabetes need to be vigilant about everything they eat and drink. Finally, an indispensable part of good control is know the amount of carbohydrates you eat per day and how they can affect your blood sugar level. That is why diet plays an essential role in the prevention and good control of diabetes, the recommendation is overwhelming: it is essential to bet on a comprehensive, colorful, balanced diet free of ultra-processed foods. It is also well known that there are some foods that are a good ally, thanks to their hypoglycemic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Diabetes is growing significantly in the United States, according to information released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 9.4% of the country’s population (30 million people) have diabetes. Another 84 million have prediabetes, which can lead to full diabetes in less than 5 years if not treated in time. These data are alarming, especially considering that it can be a very silent disease and with it develop no symptoms or indications about the real damage.
The truth is that the complications associated with diabetes are numerous. Having diabetes puts one at significant risk major of heart disease and strokeA, also diabetic retinopathy is one of the main causes of blindness. Another of the most notorious conditions is circulation problems in the legs, damage to the nerves (which is called neuropathy) and thus causing tingling, numbness and burning in the hands and feet. Diabetes also damages the kidney’s filtering system, leading to kidney disease that may require dialysis or a kidney transplant. As if that were not enough, it is usually associated with obesity and depression problems.
People with diabetes have a increased risk of dehydration, since having a high level of glucose in the blood, leads to a decrease in the hydration of the body. If your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be for long periods of time, the kidneys will try to eliminate some of the excess glucose by expelling it in the form of urine. While the kidneys filter the blood in this way, a lot of water is lost along with glucose and it is essential to replace it. This is why diabetics tend to be more thirsty when their blood glucose levels are too high.
Based on the above, it is no secret to say that diabetics should pay special attention to hydration, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends drinking plenty of water and natural fluids without calories. Known 4 great drink options suitable for diabetics that will be the best ally to enhance hydration and avoid blood sugar spikes and other complications.
1. Green tea
Green tea is considered the healthiest drink on the planet, not in vain every day we have more scientific evidence about its long list of health benefits. A cup of green tea is full of compounds called “Polyphenols”, which work as powerful antioxidants. It is a safe drink for all health conditions, in particular it is one of the safest options for kidneys and diabetics: It contains practically no calories, it is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and it promotes renal purification processes. It can also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. It is ideal to consume throughout the day, relaxes the digestive system and is a great alternative for those who suffer from drinking natural water. It also promotes fat burning and a healthy weight.
2. Golden milk
Turmeric root has positioned itself as one of the healthiest spices on the planet, as well as being one of the oldest medicinal remedies on record. Specifically, it is associated with great qualities for diabetes, which are associated with its content in curcumin (its active compound) which is a substance that promotes the health of the pancreas and it prevents prediabetes from turning into type 2 diabetes. The consumption of infusion of turmeric is recommended before each meal, also a great alternative that further enhances the benefits of curcumin is golden milk. There is an interesting study in this regard, focused on providing a group of patients with prediabetes 1500 mg of a curcumin supplement a day or a placebo for nine months. The findings were overwhelming, since the 16% of the people in the placebo group became diabetic, while the entire curcumin group remained diabetes free. One more scientific reference that adds to the growing evidence about the immense power of turmeric root to improve insulin sensitivity.
3. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most popular beverages for its long list of benefits to treat various ailments, among which are digestive, intestinal, and mental health-focused conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It is a noble drink, with great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and tranquilizing properties. To its benefits we must add its qualities to control blood sugar levels, hydrate the body and reduce glucose peaks. According to a recent study, when study participants drank a cup of chamomile tea after meals three times a day for six weeks: showed a reduction in blood sugar, insulin and insulin resistance levels.
4. Citrus juices made from lemon and lime
It has been shown that citrus juices that are naturally rich in citrate, which is a particularly beneficial substance for promoting kidney health. Drinks like lemonade and lime offer benefits for preventing kidney stones. Citrate can prevent calcium from binding to other minerals in the body, this binding process normally takes place in the kidneys and crystals can form that can lead to kidney stones. It is well known that people with diabetes are much more prone to kidney problems, such as kidney stones. In addition, natural citrus juices are a magnificent pH regulator, they free the body of toxins and impurities (through the kidneys) and are considered a magnificent ally of diabetes: They help stimulate the functioning of the pancreas, regulate blood sugar levels and control hypoglycemia. Bet on consuming it fresh, in combination with natural or mineral water. They are also a great addition to juices and smoothies, avoid industrial lemonades at all costs.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.