Water is important to keep your body functioning properly. Staying well hydrated can even help you maintain regular blood glucose levels, which in return can keep your insulin hormone managed. This is especially important for type2 diabetics. Studies also suggest that always keeping yourself well hydrated can reduce your risk of developing diabetes if it runs in your family history.
– Basic Info About Blood Glucose.
Glucose is a type of sugar that is used to fuel energy by your body, it comes by your body converting the carbohydrates you eat into sugar (glucose). More refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar result in a quick spike in the blood glucose levels, while other less refined sources of carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables result in slower and more sustainable release of glucose in the bloodstream.
As the levels of glucose increase in your bloodstream, your pancreas produces insulin which encourage your cells to store glucose and reduce its levels in the bloodstream.
Diabetes happen when the cells become resistant to insulin keeping blood glucose always high.
– How Staying Hydrated Helps.
If you are concerned about blood glucose levels, staying hydrated should be your most important priorities. When your body is starting to get dehydrated, your body produce a hormone called vasopressin that causes the kidneys to retain water and the liver to generate blood sugar according to the “New Yourk Times”, which can keep the blood glucose levels always elevated and eventually cause insulin resistance and diabetes.
– Diabetes Connection.
Even though researchers say more studies need to be done to prove this point, but being dehydrated can lead to hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) over time which indicated diabetes.
In a study published by the ” Diabetes Care” in 2011, 3.512 adults were monitored over the period of nine years and the findings were that, the group that was always remaining well hydrated well the less likely to develop hyperglycemia while the other group that were only drinking the least amounts of water were at a high risk of developing hyperglycemia.
– Other Benefits Of Being Hydrated.
Besides managing your blood glucose levels, making sure to remain always hydrated helps in distributing nutrients in a proper way, eliminating toxins and waste as well as regulating body temperature.
Dehydration on the other hand can cause lack of energy, reduce mental function and lowered blood pressure.
To remain well hydrated most women need to drink about 9 cups of fluids, in the form of natural juices, plain water, tea, coffee or milk or any fluid that doesn’t contain added sugar.
Men should be drinking 13 cups of fluids per day, if performing physical activities that involve too much sweating, the amount of consumed fluids should be increased.