Diabetes type 2: The seemingly healthy drink that can raise blood sugar levels

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Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition whereby poor insulin production causes blood sugar levels to rise. Blood sugar – the main type of sugar found in blood – provides your body energy and helps you to maintain a healthy weight, but levels must be regulated. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can inflict damage on the body.

To compensate, people with type 2 diabetes must turn to diet, which can mimic the effects of insulin and improve insulin production.

However, some dietary decisions present hidden health risks due to their carbohydrate content.

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Carbs are broken down into blood glucose (sugar) faster than other food groups, causing blood sugar levels to spike after eating them.

Fruit juices contain nutrients that nourish the body but they can cause blood sugar levels to rise.

READ MORE: Diabetes type 2: The many ways feet can be affected high blood sugar levels

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A more suitable alternative

Drinking water can help keep the threat of high blood sugar levels at bay.

“As water contains no carbohydrate or calories, it is the perfect drink for people with diabetes,” explains Diabetes.co.uk.

What’s more, studies have also shown that drinking water could help control blood glucose levels.

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As Diabetes.co.uk explains, water can help to lower blood sugar levels by enabling more glucose to be flushed out of the blood.

High GI foods include:

  • Sugar and sugary foods
  • Sugary soft drinks
  • White bread
  • Potatoes
  • White rice.

Type 2 diabetes – symptoms to spot

Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising. This is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.

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Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling very tired
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision.

“See a GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes you’re worried you may have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes,” advises the NHS.

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