Diabetes and fluid intake
You can affect your blood glucose level considerably, depending on what you have to drink with your meals. Sweet drinks like fruit juice can be used to raise your blood glucose if it is in the low range. But if your blood glucose level is high, it is better to have water. It is a good idea to drink plenty of calorie-free drinks between meals if your blood glucose is high as this will help to bring it down (part of the excess glucose will be excreted into the urine). If you want ice cream for dessert, you can drink water instead of milk with your meal if you want to keep the amount of carbohydrate unchanged, or add 1-2 units of insulin to take care of the ice cream.
This content is based on Dr Ragnar Hanas' helpful book, Type 1 Diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults. Click here to order copies of Dr Hanas' book online.