By Latest Reply 2011-05-28 04:52:49 -0500
Started 2011-05-22 22:25:46 -0500

Can anyone out there explain to me (just recently heard of it) how can drinking water lower your BG level? I just don't get it, nor do I understand it.

11 replies

kittenpurr1 2011-05-25 14:55:13 -0500 Report

Water- helps blood pressure, joints, and to keep hydrated. Plus more things water is good for. If one drinks too much water- you flush out all the electrolytes, so…it depends on the things you are doing, 8 glasses or 10 is what I have been instructed on. But too, at other times b/c I have other illnesses, and pain medictions cause swelling, I have to take 80mg. of Lasix, and they spike the sugar for a bit, but I have to push fluids with fluids. So, not knowing if you have other conditions- It would be wise to ask your doctor or your pharmacy. They know the medications you're on. For example, with my COPD- the medication, I have to drink more water with it. So, my case is different. My pain medications cause fluid retention, so my best advice is to talk with your provider.

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:53:58 -0500 Report

I've heard that if your BG is ever pretty high if you drink a ton of water it will help flush out a lot of it over the course of a day or two.

Not sure if it's true but drinking a lot of water can't hurt either way.

2011donnaann 2011-05-23 12:34:03 -0500 Report

ok i'm lost. so it helps or it don't? And, did I understand correctly that you can lower your bg levels by walking or exercising? If so, when I feel extremely tired and sleepy should I walk instead of nap?

crosslady2010 2011-05-25 15:46:29 -0500 Report

Hi, If I eat the wrong thing, I will get really, really tired. Instead of taking a nap, I will get on my treadmill or do something in the yard. I just will no longer take a nap. I will also make a note of what I ate,how much and how I felt. Do I have time to do all that? No… but… I hate feeling bad. As far as the water goes, I have heard the same thing. I do not know if it helps your BG level… but I do know it helps if you drink a bottle of water before you have blood drawn! Best to ya:)

jayabee52 2011-05-23 05:39:07 -0500 Report

Here is a recent discussion (still active, I believe) on the subject http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10...

Tigereyze209 2011-05-23 12:18:55 -0500 Report

Good memory, guy, and you are right.. that discussion thread is exactly spot on topic.
The short answer is this: many processes in you body need water as a catalyst to happen.. diabetics sweat a lot, and need the extra fluid to stay hydrated… and as pointed out, water is needed to prime the pumps, so to speak, to flush out the system of toxins and waste.. but yes, one watchword for all diabetics is, moderation… you need more that a person without diabetes requires, but unless you are actively working out, or in heat that raises your your body temp to the point that you are sweating like crazy, one need not go overboard.
Thankfully, unless you do it deliberately, the body is resilient enough that any excess water is simply eliminated with no ill affect, but as was pointed out, over indulgence in anything good or bad can be bad for you.
The good news is, moderation is mostly common sense, and not rocket science.

One thing these discussion groups do is pass along lots of good information. So, if you are new to this, you are off to a good start.
Welcome, look around, and keep posting!

jayabee52 2011-05-25 05:43:37 -0500 Report

I've been coming on DC almost every day for somewhere like 3 years now Timothy, so I'm not exactly new at this. I love DC because I learn so much here by reading the posts and researching the questions people ask.

Blessings to you and yours Timothy!


Tigereyze209 2011-05-26 01:01:42 -0500 Report

Apologies for any confusion jaybee… I had actually intended my comments to be directed to the original poster, miss annalee, not to you.
The downside of text is, sometimes, it is too easy to lose context of the content.. or in this case, its intended target.
Of course, I did start out complimenting you on your memory, then went into a change of venue without a transition, so yes, my bad. I'll try to keep that in mind in the future.
Consider me suitably chastised.

kdroberts 2011-05-22 23:26:24 -0500 Report

Unless you blood sugar is high enough to be filtered by the kidneys, about 180 or so, it won't help. When it is being filtered by the kidneys, more water means more urination which means more filtering. It's not really a good thing long term.

2011-05-25 14:40:55 -0500 Report

Thank you, kdroberts. You've explained it to me the way I could understand it. In dummy form. How did you know? Thanx, amigo!! :->