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Diabetes and Dehydration: Is Drip Drop a Safe Treatment?

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more than 26 million American children and adults suffer from diabetes. And nearly 80 million are pre-diabetic and at a greater risk for developing the disease.

For diabetics, dehydration is a serious health concern, because the disease decreases the body’s production of insulin, a hormone that regulates the body’s use of carbohydrates.

Therefore, when a diabetic eats carbohydrates – sugar, breads and pastas – the body is unable to eliminate them fast enough. In turn, the body increases urine production to flush them out, which depletes fluids and causes dehydration.

How Can Diabetics Prevent Dehydration?

Drinking enough water is one of the best prevention strategies. But in certain cases when the body loses excessive electrolytes and sugars, water just isn’t enough.

In these cases, Drip Drop can be used as an effective solution to manage dehydration. It contains a dose of electrolytes and sugars that are designed to replenish sodium and potassium in the body and speed up absorption of water into the bloodstream.

Those additional sugars might alarm diabetics, and of course, when your blood sugar levels are high, Drip Drop should be avoided.

But it can be incorporated into a carbohydrate-sensitive diet. According to the ADA, an adult male should consume between 135 and 270 grams of carbohydrates each day, depending on several factors. With 16 grams of carbohydrate per half-liter serving, Drip Drop has fewer sugars than unsweetened apple juice, coconut water and sports drinks, while providing a substantial dose of sodium and potassium.

Of course, every patient’s nutritional needs are different, so always check with your physician or nutritionist to determine if Drip Drop fits your diet.

When Drip Drop Should Be Used By Diabetes Patients

1. During Intense Exercise: An intense workout lasting longer than an hour burns most of the carbohydrates in the body, an important energy source, and for diabetics, this can cause a drop in blood sugar. To combat this, the ADA suggests a drink containing some sugar.

Although many turn to sports drinks, Drip Drop is a healthier alternative, because it contains only the necessary amount of sugars. For example, Drip Drop contains 16 grams of carbohydrates per half-liter serving, whereas a sports drink can easily double that.

2. In Cases of Diarrheal Illness: In 1994, the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research studied how an ORS like Drip Drop could benefit diabetics during a bout of diarrhea.

Although ORS contains sugar, the study found that it was an effective and safe solution to reverse dehydration caused by diarrhea. ORS didn’t cause an unsafe increase in blood sugars, and patients using ORS recovered faster.

3. When Blood Sugar Levels Are Low: Many diabetics understand the importance of having a carbohydrate source on-hand to counterbalance a “low.”

If a glucose test does reveal lower levels, the ADA suggests consuming 15-20 grams of carbohydrate, repeating this process if levels don’t return to normal. Drip Drop is as easy-to-use and effective source of simple carbohydrate; each packet contains 16 grams of carbohydrates and can quickly be added to water.

Diabetes is a serious condition, and nutrition choices should be always discussed with your doctor. But in these instances, Drip Drop can be used as a safe and effective remedy.

Image via Flickr.

Sources:
Bangladesh Study
ADA Low Blood Sugar Signs, Symptoms and Causes
ADA 2013 Diabetes Stats

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