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Can Being Dehydrated Raise Your Blood Sugar?

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20 Reasons For Blood Sugar Swings

Upswing: Caffeine Your blood sugar can rise after you have coffee -- even black coffee with no calories -- thanks to the caffeine. The same goes for black tea, green tea, and energy drinks. Each person with diabetes reacts to foods and drinks differently, so it's best to keep track of your own responses. Ironically, other compounds in coffee may help prevent type 2 diabetes in healthy people. Many of these will raise your blood sugar levels. Why? They can still have plenty of carbs from starches. Check the total carbohydrates on the Nutrition Facts label before you dig in. You should also pay attention to sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol. They add sweetness with fewer carbs than sugar (sucrose), but they may still have enough to boost your levels. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who switched to a vegan (or all vegetable-based) diet had better blood sugar control and needed less insulin. A boost in fiber from whole grains and beans might play a role, by slowing down the digestion of carbs. But scientists need more research to know if going vegan really helps diabetes. Talk to your doctor before you make major diet changes. Blood sugar can dip dangerously Continue reading >>

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  1. Skald the Rhymer

    At least, not directly?
    I have type-2 diabetes which I manage by exercise, diet, and, when absolutely necessary, oral medication. Generally my blood glucose control is good, but every so often I go high for one reason or another. The last time it happened I was with another diabetic I know, woffhandedly commented that I'd need to drink a lot of water that day to bring my blood sugar down. I commented that, yes, I probably would be thirsty and need to drink a lot of water, but that the water ingestion itself was not going to be responsible for the lowering of my BG; she disagreed, saying that she believed that the water drinking, in and of itself, would be helpful.
    Any thoughts on who is correct?

  2. Rachellelogram

    I have reactive hypoglycemia and am for all purposes pre-diabetic, so I get crashes as opposed to highs. Water doesn't alleviate my symptoms and I can't think why it would help you OR me. The only things that bring mine back up are eating, or smoking for a quick counter to the adrenaline rush.
    Unless she's a medical professional, I see no reason to take her seriously. Sounds like she's conflating correlation.

  3. Skald the Rhymer

    I have reactive hypoglycemia and am for all purposes pre-diabetic, so I get crashes as opposed to highs. Water doesn't alleviate my symptoms and I can't think why it would help you OR me. The only things that bring mine back up are eating, or smoking for a quick counter to the adrenaline rush.
    Unless she's a medical professional, I see no reason to take her seriously. Sounds like she's conflating correlation.
    (bolding mine)
    I should think it would help the dry mouth.

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