I understand, that living with diabetes is a bit tough. Every time you are out with your friends all you want to have is a good time! But with every drink you order, you wonder if it is going to take a toll on your diabetes. But I don’t think you have to be worried anymore if you know what to take and what not to. Here below is more on what can diabetics drink, hoping this kind of sorts your problems out.
1. Sugary Drinks
These sugary drinks are not really the best options to choose from because it contains about ten teaspoons of sugar in every 12 ounces of bottled or canned drinks. This can take your sugar levels up all the way to the mountains! It not only increases your sugar levels but also helps you put on weight and increases your cholesterol levels. If you are just new to the club, it’s better that you slowly cut off on these highly sweetened drinks. If you are used to it, you can start by reducing the number of drinks that you take or the quantity. You can also reduce these drinks by mixing half of it with regular soda or diet soda. If this is going to increase your weight and your sugar levels, I am guessing you are going to think twice before you have a drink!
I know, alcohol must be a favourite, for most of you! But a little bad news, alcohol is not recommended for people with diabetes as it is known to increase your risks. But you can always have a word with your doctor and find out what you can take because every person has their own limitations. It is always best that even if you are drinking, you do not mix a lot of drinks as this will increase your sugar levels. And always make sure to keep munching something in between to maintain the balance. Wine in moderation is good as it promotes the free flowing of blood and avoids glycation in vessels. But only in moderation!
3. Coconut Water
Though exercise might be a recommended routine for you, you will have to cut out on the energy drinks. This is because these drinks also contain a lot of sugar content. It contains about 25grams of carbohydrates, which is recommended mostly for athletes. Another alternative is coconut water. It is low in sugar and it is filled to the brim with vitamins and minerals. Nature’s own perfect drink! After your work out, you can also have a healthy snack that contains some fruit or some nuts.
4. Fruit Juice
It is not that you have to cross out juice on your list. But when you have it on a regular basis, it does increase your sugar levels. This is because of the carbohydrates that are present in the drink. You can have a 100% juice as a treat once in a while. If you do have the habit of taking juice regularly, you will have to plan on calculating the nutrient level of your whole breakfast. Make sure to test your sugar levels after your drink and calculate the difference. If it does not make a difference for about 35- 50 points, then you can have it on a regular basis.
5. Hot Chocolate
Here is something I am sure you are going to throw yourself into! Yes, cocoa along with almond milk is good for people with diabetes as it improves glucose metabolism and decreases blood pressure levels. You can make yourself a mixture of low fat, low sugar almond milk with dark cocoa powder. Okay, I just gave you an excuse to have hot chocolate. What are you waiting for?
Some researchers say that caffeine helps lower the risk of diabetes. Some say that caffeine increases the risks of diabetes. When you look at it, every individual has their own risks, when it comes to different products. It also majorly depends on what you add to the coffee. If you add sugar, high-fat milk or cream it is sure to send your sugar levels to the skies. Feel free to grab about 3-4 cups a day with no sugars added.
7. Almond Milk
This drink helps you decrease your blood sugar levels. You can also throw in half a banana and a spoon of peanut butter, which will help with the taste and also stop the fluctuations of your blood sugar levels. You can purchase the unsweetened version, just in case, so that you do not end up drinking the one with added sugars.
This might not be the tastiest drink, but it is considered the best for diabetes. This is because diabetes causes dehydration and drinking water helps in hydrating the body. It also assists in pushing out the extra glucose in the blood through the urine. Women can drink about 8 glasses of water a day, while men can drink about 10 glasses of water a day. This will help keep your glucose levels stable. Make sure to carry a bottle of water with you for safety purposes.
9. Chamomile Tea
This is tea is flavored and is free from calories. It contains a whole load of antioxidants, which helps to reduce blood sugar levels. Not only that, it also helps in preventing complications for diseases like nerve damages, circulatory issues and kidney problems.
10. Black Tea
Studies helped show that black tea contains the highest levels of polysaccharides, which slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. It also highlights that about three to four cups a day can reduce the risks of developing diabetes of about 16 percent. Green tea is also considered great because it has a positive effect on your health generally. It also helps to reduce blood pressure levels and cholesterol. About 3- 4 cups a day is considered safe, provided you have it without any kind of sweeteners.
So, here is the list of what all you can drink. You can also experiment with other flavors and make the drinks both healthy and tasty. But make sure these flavors do not increase your blood sugar levels. If you do have your doubts, it is better that you check your sugar levels. If your levels have an increase of about 35- 50 points you can continue on a daily basis. Have fun drinking!