Sports Drinks for Type 2 Diabetes

By NewSong53 Latest Reply 2017-07-19 22:43:05 -0500
Started 2017-07-08 11:12:37 -0500

I have type 2 diabetes and my body doesn't handle carbs well. I've been hibernating a lot because of the heat and humidity lately (feels like 103 degrees or higher), but I am missing my outdoor walks. My park is not shady, although they do have seating in shady areas near the trail. I know I can walk before 10 am or after 3 pm, but I'm worried about dehydration since I'm 64 years old. I've been having a little asthma or hyperventilation the past couple of weeks, although my blood pressure is good. And I have no problem breathing through my nose but still find myself doing open-mouth breathing to get more air. I've ordered something that measures my oxygen level and heart rate, but just want a sports drink or something "in case". I tend to sweat profusely and drink plenty of water, but at night I have extremely painful leg and foot cramps and my shin hurts almost like it's cramping. I do get plenty of sodium in my diet. I see that some people use coconut water, but I can't stand the taste (the ones I can find locally are loaded with sweetener), and I was wondering if I should use a sugar free sports drink — I'm afraid of the artificial sweeteners because they caused a friend of mine to have a stroke. Any advice? Thanks.

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MrsCDogg 2017-07-10 19:45:32 -0500 Report

Try about a teaspoon of yellow mustard for the leg cramps.

Luis65 2017-07-10 20:23:34 -0500 Report

I carry some of those individual mustard packets that are at some fast food and convenience store delis. One or 2 of those works wonders and cures the cramps. Doesn't seem to work as a preventative but sure makes them go away.

GabbyPA 2017-07-08 15:35:07 -0500 Report

I'm not a fan of sports drinks because there is just so much junk in them. But I see you don't like coconut water, so that was going to be my suggestion. What I do with mine is get unsweetened (Amazon has it) and then dilute it with water and lime juice then add some stevia to it. That does the trick for me, and it might cut the flavor you don't like.

NewSong53 2017-07-09 09:57:03 -0500 Report

Are you saying you get unsweetened coconut water on Amazon? I think diluting it and adding the lime would help with the taste.

GabbyPA 2017-07-09 19:11:18 -0500 Report

Yep, I get it in 12 packs. I also can find unsweetened coconut water in my health food store. Grocery stores usually carry sweetened.

NewSong53 2017-07-10 10:43:36 -0500 Report

Thanks, Gabby! Which brand do you buy? Some say "unsweetened" but there are natural sugars in it and for 18 oz is about 30 grams carbs. Thanks!

Luis65 2017-07-08 13:14:11 -0500 Report

I add about 4 oz of PowerAde Zero to 16 oz of water. I don't think I could drink it straight. When It is very hot and humid before long rides I take a couple of Electrolyte Replenishment capsules brand name "Hammer Nutrition Edurolytes" You need more than sodium. In fact sodium can leach out potassium. For cramps I do carry yellow mustard packs, some swear by pickle juice and there is another product that also has pectin in it that some use. As to artificial sweeteners, which one(s) caused your friend's stroke? That's the 1st If heard of a connection of sweeteners and stroke.
"Suggested Usage: 1-3 capsules 30-60 minutes prior to exercise
Superior support: For the prevention of cramping, spasms, and other heat related problems
Serving size: 1 capsule: Contains: 40mg Sodium (as Sodium Chloride), 40mg Chloride (as Sodium Chloride), 50mg Calcium (as Chelate), 25mg Magnesium (as Chelate), 25mg Potassium (as Chelate), 6.6mg Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCL), 1.6mg Manganese (as Chelate), 50mg L-Tyrosine
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Capsules (plant cellulose and water), and Magnesium Stearate"

NewSong53 2017-07-09 10:05:03 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the info — I'm sure you get lots of tips from other riders and have had to do lots of research on this. My friend wad drinking diet coke — I think she had 3 in a row and she had a stroke. She drank diet cokes all day long, every day and at that time I think they were sweetened with aspartine. She's very careful now about sweeteners (also a type 2 diabetic) and uses a quality stevia product.

Thanks very much about the electrolyte replenishment capsules. I'm afraid of taking daily supplements and usually just take magnesium and potassium capsules when the cramping starts. I used to keep a jar of pickle juice in the fridge and it works great. I also used to spoon regular yellow mustard until the cramping stopped & that was great and surprisingly not too unpleasant. But I'd rather just take something before any outdoor workouts so appreciate the suggestion. I did not know that sodium leached potassium. And thanks for the dosage information as well. This is welcome information! Thank you.

suecsdy 2017-07-08 12:58:05 -0500 Report

I really can't say about the sports drinks because I only use them when absolutely needed. But about the cramping, are you taking magnesium? I used to get really bad leg cramps too, even when drinking plenty of water. Now I take 250 mg of magnesium a day and no more cramps,
My body doesn't handle heat well, so on these really hot days, I'm indoors. I wait until the sun is setting before I walk Cookie and then it's a very moderate pace. Even then I'm covered in sweat when we get home. It can be hard keeping up with liquids when it's so hot. I make sure to have plenty of ice on hand because I like my drinks cold.

NewSong53 2017-07-10 10:45:36 -0500 Report

Just an update — I decided to try my evening walk at 6pm, rather than sunset. Although the temperature was the same as it was in the early afternoon, it felt much cooler because the sun was not beating down so intensely and I barely broke a sweat. I've decided to add a 30 min. walk at 6PM, right after dinner, each day. Thanks for the suggestion!

NewSong53 2017-07-09 09:55:50 -0500 Report

Thanks. So sorry to hear you have the leg cramps, too. They are so painful and, unfortunately, usually happen in the middle of the night and interrupt a good night's sleep. I might have to just set the alarm for the a.m., because the shady characters come out as it gets darker . . .

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