What Beverages Should Diabetics Avoid?
People who have diabetes must regularly monitor their blood sugar levels avoiding certain foods and treats that could negatively impact their health. Except it’s not just a chocolate bar they need to avoid- there are many different types of beverages they shouldn’t drink as well. With more sugary drinks on the market than ever before, it’s very important that diabetics avoid certain drinks.
It’s not just calories you should worry about when you drink non-diet soft drinks. One single 12oz can of cola has nearly your entire recommended daily intake of sugar. That is why it is best to drink diet sodas instead of regular soda if you have diabetes.
While it is important to get your five a day, fruit juices are not the way to do it. One 250 ml glass of juice can have up to eight teaspoons of sugar in it. That’s why it’s far better to eat fruit on its own than to drink fruit juice.
Energy Drinks that Contain Sugar
Sometimes you need a boost to get through the day, but don’t go reaching for that energy drink just yet. The amount of calories and sugars in energy drinks can be even higher than what’s in a soda. If you need caffeine, there are plenty of coffees and teas that can help. Just don’t go spooning in a ton of sugar!
Even when you do everything right and avoid harmful food and drinks, you might still need help with your diabetes. Alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle, medications can help keep your diabetes under control.
- Metformin is one of the most common medicines prescribed to treat and/or prevent type-2 diabetes.
- Byetta (Exanitide) is a short-acting injectable medicine that is used to treat type-2 diabetes and is often prescribed alongside long-acting insulin or Metformin.
- Lantus Insulin has a synthetic version of insulin that is similar to the insulin the body produces. It can be used for adults who have type-1 and type-2 diabetes and can treat children over 6 for type-1 diabetes.