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Old 04-11-2014, 05:53   #1
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I am still in the pre-diabetic range. I am not on any meds as of yet. My question is about thirst and drinking water. I am almost never thirsty. I thought with diabetes, there was frequent thirst and urination. My question is should I still be drinking about 8 cups of water daily even tho I don't feel thirsty? Would this help any to lower some of the glucose in the blood when you are a little insulin resistant?

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It's very important to stay hydrated pre-diabetes or not. The human body needs to stay hydrated for many reasons.

The interesting thing about drinking water is that for some people it's a habit they need to form. I know you say you don't feel thirsty but if you're not drinking enough fluids all kinds of problems can occur, the least, feeling headachey, dizzy, fatigue, kidney and bladder problems ....

I'm not a water lover, but I've found 'tricks' to get it down. I have to have ice in my glass, I'll try sparkling water, mineral water, herbal tea.

I haven't heard of water lowering BG.

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Thanks DalaiLama'sCat. I started today. I drank eight cups of water. Before this, I was going weeks and the only water I was getting was probably from the foods I was eating. I was not drinking soft drinks or other bad things either that would raise my BG levels. I was just not drinking anything.

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Overdrive, I was diagnosed with NO thirst and NO frequent urination. And I'm constantly dehydrated without realizing it. So yes, do whatever you can to drink more, because it's just good for you.

Tricks I do: Add ice, fresh lemon slices, or mint, or cucumber, or whatever strikes my fancy. Drink tea (herbal/decaf) interspersed with my favorite black teas.

A trick I need to start is getting a bottle for my desk and work and setting timeframes for amounts. I have a tendency to drink nothing, get involved with my screen, and hours later consume half a liter in a very short amount of time, which triggers an afternoon of constant "closet runs" because my body is sooooo hhaaapppyyy to get rid of toxins, and it's not sure if it's ever getting anything to drink ever again.

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Thanks jademuffin. How were you finally diagnosed? I take it you were not having any SXs?

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While excessive thirst was a clear indicator that D had come to get me, now that it is under control that thirst has long gone. I have to make myself drink water for it to happen, especially as the weather is starting to get cooler in Australia.

So I take a ester bottle with me everywhere I go now - even to a friend's house or shopping centre. If I don't have it with me it won't happen!

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As far as water intake is concerned, there are 2 opinions to go by. One says that you need to provide 3 liters of water externally, 1 of which comes from solid food so 2 litres of water or fluids must be had everyday. The other opinion says, listen to your body, and drink water when you feel like it. I think both are right and I abide by the 2nd but automatically live by the first because my body demands it.

Water plays several key roles in the body. Water is the basis of many synthesized fluids like saliva, bile etc. It forms lubricants surrounding the joints in the body. It is a solvent in many metabolic processes. Water regulates body temperature by the process of sweating. Sweat is 99% water. Water is an important vehicle in removal of several wastes through urine and feces.

Nothing consumed, enters blood circulation directly, so water cannot help bring down BG, or else it would have been the healthiest & cheapest medication.

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My experience is the same as the others . . . I've had to train myself to drink enough & stay hydrated. So my new mantra is 'push fluids'. Not so much counting out eight glass of water every day, but drinking any of several choice beverages, and getting started early so I don't fall behind as the day goes on. I try to put away a quart of something - water, green tea, whatever - before lunch. After that it seems to take care of itself as long as I drink SOMEthing with meals. I use 16oz mugs for tea/coffee so that accounts for two cups at a time. I also have a 32oz carafe which I often use if I'm going to be at the computer for extended periods of time, and try to keep sipping as I go along.

Another aspect of this is that I'm a veteran of the kidney stone wars, so staying flushed out means less risk of stones forming. I take a mild diuretic to help this along, and I haven't had a stone in the last 16 years. If I never have another one, it'll be too soon.




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Dehydration causes higher glucose reading so always before you test be sure you are hydrated. If you drink to much water either because you are always thirsty or dehydrated you need to be sure you are taking enough electrolytes specially sodium. High blood sugar causes osmotic diuresis as the way of the cells to protected themselves from the toxic effects of the glucose around them. They will leak fluids, electrolytes, minerals etc. So having enough water and electrolytes is important for diabetics. But too much water can also be harmful even deadly so you also have to also follow your body signals. But if your signaling is not working right use common sense, depending on your activity levels and if you are in hot climate etc.

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I try to drink lots of water. I occasionally just put a quarter to a half teaspoon of baking soda (not baking powder) in bottled water, shake well, and sip on it. Also do the same with potassium bicarbonate. Potassium is often added to water at the bottlers to improve the taste.

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