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Water remains the only essential drink for our body. Among the ideas that circulate regularly, we can read that it would lower blood sugar. So, true or false ? Explanations.

The virtues of water for health no longer need to be demonstrated. Hydration, easier digestion, elimination of toxins, it is essential for us at the rate of one and a half to two liters per day.

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However, many ideas (true or false) circulate about it. Among them, its influence on blood sugar, in other words on our blood sugar level. ” For a healthy person, pure water is not going to have any impact on blood sugar., point. We are talking about pure water and not flavored waters, which can raise the level of sugar in our blood. So be careful not to choose just any commercial water, because the ranges are developing and you have to check that some do not include added sugar, for example,” says Véronique Liesse, dietician-nutritionist.

For people suffering from diabetesthe effects of water on blood sugar differ a little. This disease increases the feeling of thirst, particularly after a meal, when insulin tries to regulate sugar levels. To do this, the body tries to eliminate this sugar through the kidneys. And this attempt can dehydrate the body. To avoid this, drinking water helps bring blood sugar back to a “normal” level. It is in this specific case and only in this case that we can say that water has the effect of lowering blood sugar. But beware, diabetes cannot be solved by drinking water! “We should not deduce from this that water lowers blood sugar in general and for the entire population! We can only say that if a diabetic does not drink enough water, his blood sugar can increase” specifies the specialist.

Always for diabetics, not only does water help lower blood sugar, but it also limits the risk of hyperglycemia. This is the result of a study published on November 14, 2011 in the magazine “Diabetes Care” of the American Diabetes Association. So be careful not to make a shortcut. Remember that this disease must be subject to medical supervision, and that only a doctor can be able to advise you on the management of meals and drinks.

Thanks to Véronique Liesse, dietitian nutritionist.

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