Maybe summer’s heat has you craving ice cream, lemonade, and popsicles, or maybe summer holidays and parties have you surrounded with treats like these. It is easy to see that summer poses many challenges for people diagnosed with diabetes. The rising temperatures increase the risk of dehydration. Dehydration and certain types of party snacks and sweets may negatively affect diabetes by making blood sugar levels difficult to manage.
Staying hydrated with water and beverages without sugar is most important during the summer. The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), developed and published by the Institute of Medicine, recommend 3.7 liters (almost 1 gallon) of fluids for men and 2.7 liters (almost 3 quarts) of fluids a day for women. These recommendations include fluid you get from water, other beverages and food. About 80 percent of daily fluid intake usually comes from drinks. Keep in mind that these are general recommendations. Other factors such as exercise level, environmental temperatures, health conditions and pregnancy can change your fluid needs. You can always check with your doctor or dietitian for fluid recommendations.