• August 21, 2020

We hear many times that Diabetes patient should be aware of everything they eat or drink. Therefore, a brief knowledge about the carbohydrate ingested and their effect in blood sugar is crucial. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends zero-calorie or low-calorie drinks. The main reason is to prevent a spike in blood sugar.



Water is the best hydrating agent which helps to lower the blood sugar level in diabetes patient.  It helps to lower the blood sugar levels. The Institute of Medicine recommends men to drink about 13 cups(3.08L) and women 9 cups(2.13L)

 Unsweetened tea

According to Research, Green tea helps to reduce blood pressure & lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels. Drinking upto 6 cups (1.42L) a day may lowers risk of type 2 diabetes. Whatever drink you choose green, black or herbal tea it should be free from sugar.

Unsweetened coffee

A study conducted in 2012 discovered that drinking coffee might lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the level of risk dropped even lower for people who drank 2 to 3 cups per day.

As known most 100% fruit juice is 100% sugar. So, why not try tomato juice or vegetable juice as alternative for example green leafy vegetable, celery or cucumber with  handful of berries for flavour & increasing vitamins or mineral source.

Low fat milk

As diary products are vital for human & should be included in daily diet. So, always chooseunsweetened, low-fat, or skim versions of preferred milk. You should limit yourself to two to three eight-ounce glasses a day. You can also try dairy-free, low-sugar options, such as fortified nut or coconut milk. While soy & rice milk contains carbohydrate so be aware.


Regular soda

Soda takes the top spot on the list of drinks to avoid. This is also linked to weight gain & tooth decay.

Energy drinks that contain sugar

Energy drinks are high in caffeine & carbohydrates which not only spikes blood sugar but also causes insulin resistance. Higher levels of caffeine cause nervousness, increases blood pressure & leads to insomnia.

 Fruit juices

Fruit flavored drinks or punches may contain as much sugar as a full- calorie soda. Incase of fruit juice cravings pick a juice that’s 100% pure & contains no added sugar. Also limit the portion size to 4 ounces (0.12L), which will reduce sugar intake to only 3.6 teaspoons(15g).


Diet soda

Increase intake of diet soda increases risk of metabolic syndrome which includes cluster of conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides & increased weight gain. Also a study of 2016 showed that drinking diet sodas increases blood sugar levels & waist circumference.

Alcoholic beverages

Incase of high bp or nerve damage from diabetes, drinking alcohol worsens the condition. However some studies have shown the beneficial effect of red wine on diabetes. According to the Guidelines those with diabetes should limit consumption to 1 drink or less per day for women and 2 drinks or less per day for men.5 ounce or 0.15L of wine, 1 1/2 ounces (.04 l) of distilled spirits & 12-ounce beer.



Kathy W. Warwick. www. May 12, 2020.

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