Can Drinking A Lot Of Water Lower Your Blood Sugar?

Diabetes or diabetes mellitus indicates a group of various metabolic problems, in which a person suffers from high blood glucose due to inadequate production of insulin or because of the improper response of body cells to the produced insulin or in some cases, both. Irrespective of the reason mentioned here, the patients suffering from high blood sugar often experience the problem of polyuria i.e. frequent urination or feel thirstier or hunger, known as polydipsia or polyphagia respectively.

Can Drinking A Lot Of Water Lower Your Blood Sugar?

Can Drinking A Lot Of Water Lower Your Blood Sugar?

Since water does not contain any calorie or carbohydrate, doctors consider it as a perfect drink for all individuals suffering from diabetes problem. A majority of studies have revealed that drinking water in sufficient amounts have helped a lot to control the levels of blood sugar/blood glucose.

Relationship Between Water and High Blood Sugar

You may understand the relationship between water intake and high blood sugar based on an experiment, as we have mentioned here. Suppose you have a glass containing water, you should mix a small amount of sugar and stir it properly to let it dissolve properly. Now, you should place the glass filled with water outside on a sunny day. With the evaporation of water, the remaining water present in the glass becomes sweeter.

A similar type of thing takes place in the blood of diabetes patients, when they become dehydrated. Since the blood contains 83 percent water, whenever a person loses water, volume of blood reduces, while the glucose remains constant. Higher concentration of blood sugar/glucose causes the problem of high blood pressure. Hence, it becomes very much essential for a person to stay fully hydrated to avoid unnecessary rise in the high blood sugar.

Role of Sufficient Water Intake for Diabetes Patients

Key roles of sufficient water intake for diabetes patients include the following-

Dilutes the Blood Glucose- Drinking water lowers the blood sugar level by simply diluting the amount of glucose present in one’s blood stream.

Reduces Insulin Resistance- Drinking about 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day brings down the blood sugar level of a person by simply reducing the body’s insulin resistance by providing proper hydration.

Allows Reaching to Satiation in Less Time- If you are following a diet plan to achieve weight loss for managing your diabetes, drinking more amount of water will let you to feel less hungry and thereby, curb your appetite largely. Especially, if you opt to drink one or one-and-a-half glass of water before having your meals, it will fill your stomach and thereby, lets you to achieve satiation within less possible span of time.

Helps in Removal of Excessive Sugar and Ketones- If your blood glucose level is too much high and your kidney fails to process the sugar, water will help you to remove the excessive sugar and harmful ketones from your system. Especially, adequate water intake is essential for type 1 diabetes patients. This is because; water plays a major role to remove excessive ketones from one’s blood stream and reduces the problem of dehydration in case of high blood sugar.

How Much Water a Person Should Intake?

On an average, a person should drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day. Reason for this, an individual often loses approximately 10 cups of water in a day via urination and sweat. Simultaneously, individual gains fluid by consuming food and drinking liquids. However, no other liquids or the food may recover the water loses by a human body, as the water can, which signifies the sufficient intake of water.

Other than this, you may decide the amount of required water intake based on the color of your urine. If it is a bit yellow, you may suffer from hydration, while in case of dark yellow colored urine, you have to intake water in higher amount.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 23, 2018

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