Diabetically Dehydrated

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-10-12 08:06:45 -0500
Started 2011-07-18 08:38:16 -0500

There are few sensations that I can remember that scare me as much when I am dehydrated and/or my sugar drops. First, when I am dehydrated, my sugar drops very fast and my disorientation becomes apparent, even to others. People with diabetes are often multi-taskers, we are often handling more than 1 disease or condition at a time. Last week I found out that 2 of my blood pressure medications increase my urine output. Here I was figuring I just couldn't hold my urine like I use to! :) Now, low BS does not necessarily mean you are dehydrated, but anytime I have been dehydrated my sugar was low or dropping.
So read your sheets that you get with your meds, if it says "this medicine is a diuretic" then it means you are pushing urine out quicker than if you were not on it, and therefore you increase your chances of becoming dehydrated, especially during the heat of the summer.

15 replies

annesmith 2011-10-11 22:51:29 -0500 Report

Yes…when I get dehydrated, my blood sugars seem to always fall low, then I get disoriented somewhere along the line. This past July, it got up to 130 degrees real feel temperature, and BOY, my diabetes was SCREAMING——because I walk and run 5 days a week , that was my saving grace from getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Are you type 2 or type 1? ANNE

aneibe43 2011-07-24 19:50:19 -0500 Report

i also suffer with high blood pressure,artitis(spelledD wrong lol),and i am bipolar,ect.i am always thristy. i do drink alot of water which never seems to work. i seem to go to the bathroom alot more that for i found out i havr diabetes. i take water pills for my pressure and actos with glipizide. so i understand how you feel.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-25 08:58:24 -0500 Report

Yes, BP medicine is often a diuretic, which makes you pee more frequently. sometimes I think I pee out more than I take in. This past week, it was so hot, I was about to hook up an IV line with water and a catheter for the urine! Now that I think about it, forget the catheter, I will go and get some depends!

jayabee52 2011-10-12 08:06:45 -0500 Report

Jim, I'd take the catheter! ( was actually on one for 3 mos). Depends can only hold so much before they need changing.

Drees moma
Drees moma 2011-07-18 19:18:41 -0500 Report

I've always been a rabid water drinker,and carried a bottle of water long before it became "cool" or even really available. I have been started on a new medication recently and already being on three meds that can and do cause dry mouth this new one scares me me. Dry mouth is not one of the listed side effects,but the three days of chest pains were. Now my mouth is so dry that I'm concerned about the health of my teeth!. Keeping your mouth well hydrated along with the rest of your body is vital. It cuts tooth decay and the occurrence of mouth sores. I have no reference to my BS's and hydration but that is an interesting thought.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-19 10:40:56 -0500 Report

Thanks, never thought of that. The strange thing I find with dry mouth is that water does not seems to help. I suspect that is why James chew SFG, because it gets the saliva flowing.

jayabee52 2011-07-18 23:45:09 -0500 Report

Dry mouth is why I chew sugar free gum a lot. It's the only time I put a artificial sweetened something in my mouth.

Drees moma
Drees moma 2011-07-19 03:27:54 -0500 Report

Unfortunately I don't have enough natural teeth to chew gum. I lost them long before I acquired diabetes due to very poor dentistry when I was quite young. Dentists today are much better at their craft. When I was a child they thought that the "baby" teeth did not have nerves,or feeling. Going to the dentist which I did every six months or more was torture. But that could work if you can stand to have a lump of something in your mouth that gets harder the longer you chew it. This is constant dry mouth,not intermittent.

jayabee52 2011-07-19 08:55:45 -0500 Report

My boyhood dentist didn't believe in painkillers for dental work, for Anyone. so I suffered through a lot of cavity fills. I still have my teeth, but they are a real mess. Sorry about yours

Marytea 2011-07-18 09:38:15 -0500 Report

I am one of those people who love water. I too keep a glass or bottle near me at all times. on days when I don't drink as much, I have a harder time getting a good blood drop for testing.

awanagramma 2011-07-18 09:05:24 -0500 Report

as for being dehydrated.. I had to learn to like water… sooo I keep a bottle of water by me at home and everytime I hear or see a commercial on tv or radio I take a sip or two.. works in the car too

VickieF 2011-07-25 11:47:32 -0500 Report

I also had to learn to like water again. I would buy a galon jug of spring water and a galon of lemonaide then I wouldpour a glass of water and then fill the jug back up with lemonaide. I weaned the lemonaide out of the water so I eventually got down to just the water and have been able to drink water every since.

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