Advertisement
  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Besides water, what should diabetics drink?

    Anyone have any liquid suggestions…
  • Image of Courtney Bates

    Courtney Bates

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    6

    Thanks

    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). She runs her own practice on ... View Profile

    Water is always the #1 choice of drink. Adults need about 30-35ml fluid per kg each day - so do the maths and check whether you're drinking enough. Alternative drinks to water, which won't affect blood sugar levels, include diet cordial, diet soft drink, freshly squeezed lemon in water, black tea, black coffee, soda water, mineral water or sparkling water. I would limit diet soft drinks to 1 per day, as some studies have shown high intake of diet soft drinks can increase our appetite for sweet, calorie-dense foods. Diabetics need to avoid concentrated sources of sugars, which includes drinks such as soft drinks, fruit juices and ginger ale. 

    My favourite tip is putting sliced fresh lemon and a few mint leaves into a water jug for a refreshing twist on water.

    Courtney Dinnerville
    Accredited Practising Dietitian

  • Image of Janelle Collins

    Janelle Collins

    Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse

    3

    Thanks

    Janelle Collins is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse who has over 12 years experience in working with people with Diabetes of all ages.Janelle ... View Profile

    Try water or some plain mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or lime for a bit of extra flavor. Diet cordials and diet or sugar-free soft drinks are generally OK, as long as they are in moderation.

You may also like these related questions

Featured Question
answer this question

You must be a Healthshare member to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

Advertisement

© 2015 Healthshare Pty Ltd

Disclaimer: Healthshare is intended for Australian residents only. Healthshare does not endorse, accept, or adopt the health care practitioners on our site, the content of any profiles nor the comments or discussions in the community forum. Healthshare is an information resource which contains advertising and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by your health care professional.