Can Chronic Dehydration Lead to Type 2 Diabetes?
We all know how rotten dehydration feels. But not only do we feel sluggish and cranky when we don’t get enough water — in this state, the body isn’t able to pump enough blood to the heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, says Robert Rizza, MD, former chair of endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As a result, your organs don’t run well, Dr. Rizza explains. There’s even some evidence chronic dehydration is associated with diseases like chronic kidney disease and heart disease.
For people with diabetes, dehydration can be especially dangerous. That’s because it causes blood pressure to fall and the body to secrete stress hormones, like norepinephrine and epinephrine, which may raise blood sugar, Rizza explains. When you have high blood sugar, you will often need to go to the bathroom more, contributing to further dehydration and leading to a vicious cycle.
A study published in October 2016 in the journal Diabetologia found that recurrent diabetic ketoacidosis — a serious and sometimes life-threatening complication that can be caused by severe dehydration — is associated with a higher risk of early death. For people admitted more than five times for diabetic ketoacidosis over a median follow-up period of about 2.4 years, the risk of death was about 1 in 5, compared with a risk of about 1 in 20 for patients admitted only once over a median follow-up period of about four years.
Can Dehydration Lead to Diabetes?
Although dehydration can lead to serious health issues, not much research has looked at whether chronic dehydration — and the associate Continue reading