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Type 2 diabetes: Drink plenty of this while at home to lower your blood sugar

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Type 2 diabetes has recently made the news because it has been cited as a risk factor for complications associated with the coronavirus. With millions of people living with the condition in the UK, this announcement will have raised alarm bells up and down the country. To make matters worse, the UK government’s latest measure enforcing everyone to stay indoors to stem the spread of the virus presents a further obstacle for people living with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition whereby the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels, a type of sugar obtained through food.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels are a precursor to potentially life-threatening health conditions, such as heart disease, so it is imperative to keep the condition in check.

The most reliable way to stave off the threat of high blood sugar levels is to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

The problem is, amid the current lockdown, people are more likely to lapse out of their usual healthy routine.

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Fortunately, evidence suggests there is a quick fix to lower blood sugar levels, which doesn’t require venturing out crowded areas or denting your wallet.

The magic formula in question is drinking water.

Attesting to the blood sugar-lowering benefits of drinking water, one study

When you are dehydrated, your body produces a hormone called vasopressin.

This encourages your kidneys to retain fluid and stop the body from flushing out excess sugar in your urine.

As evidence shows, it also prompts your liver to release more sugar into the blood.

A long-term study on 4,742 people in Sweden found that, over 12.6 years, an increase of vasopressin in the blood was linked to an increase in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

of 3,615 people found that those who drank at least 34 ounces (about one litre) of water a day were 21 percent less likely to develop high blood sugar than those who drank 16 ounces (473 ml) or less a day.

Strengthening the association, research has shown that not drinking enough water can lead to blood sugar spikes.

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When you are dehydrated, your body produces a hormone called vasopressin.

This encourages your kidneys to retain fluid and stop the body from flushing out excess sugar in your urine.

As evidence shows, it also prompts your liver to release more sugar into the blood.

A long-term study on 4,742 people in Sweden found that, over 12.6 years, an increase of vasopressin in the blood was linked to an increase in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

How do I know if I have type 2 diabetes?

As the NHS explains, many people have type 2 diabetes without realising. This is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:

  • Urinating 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

When the government loosens its restrictions, you should see a GP if you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes or you’re worried you may have a higher risk of getting it.

The NHS explains: “The earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment started, the better. Early treatment reduces your risk of other health problems.”

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