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Tue Nov 27 07:41:23 EST 2012

I have type 2 diabetes and am prone to hypoglycemia. Lately sugar free drinks have been causing diarrhea. I don't know what to drink.
Asked By: buffalogirl  

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While in Mexico, extreme heat causes my blood glucose to plummet. Last year I came close a couple of times to going into a coma. Help. I was on oral medication but had to stop as I was having too many episodes of hypoglycemia. I am especially prone to it when I don't eat for more than 3 hours or it is very hot .
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2014-07-17 06:03:39.0

Dear buffalogirl,
Thank you for writing dLife!

It’s a very good idea to work on staying hydrated, especially when you are in extremely hot conditions. Some people are sensitive to the sweeteners used in “sugar-free” drinks but there are many alternatives.

In addition to plain water, you can try unsweetened herbal or green tea, seltzers that are naturally sweetened with a small amount of fruit extract, iced coffee, or a fresh vegetable juice. You can make your own drink at home by flavoring water with lemon juice or a pure lemon powder (available in many stores) , and storing it in the freezer in a stainless steel container (don’t fill to the top – frozen liquids expand) . If you will be out in the hot sun, it will start to melt, providing a very refreshing beverage.

As for hypoglycemia, prevention is always the best strategy. When you are in extreme temperatures, check your blood glucose more often. Carry boxed fruit juice or glucose tabs with you in case you experience hypoglycemia. The rule of 15 can help you remember how to treat low blood glucose. If your blood glucose is low, treat it with 15 grams of a fast acting carbohydrate such as 4 oz of fruit juice or 3-4 glucose tablets. Test your blood glucose in 15 minutes to make sure it is coming up. If it’s still low repeat the treatment and re-test in 15 minutes.

Click here to learn more about treating hypoglycemia.

Be well!

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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Community Answers (5)
2013-03-19 15:54:20.0

I favor club soda, soda water or sparkling spring water. I squeeze in a bit of lime or lemon juice for flavor & if I'm eating a meal the lime/lemon will reduce blood spikes. Vinegar also reduces blood spikes, if you're having a salad use vinegar & oil as your dressing.
Answered By: uptonl

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2013-03-15 11:18:57.0

Not to sound like a jerk wad, but you might try ice water and/or iced tea.
Answered By: kenhampshire

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2013-02-19 14:23:11.0

Does the sugar free drink you are using have any inulin (chicory root) in it? Some Crystal Light singles have this ingredient to add 3 grams of fibre per drink. You wouldn't want to drink more than 1 or 2 a day. It is also sweetened with splenda. Sometimes I mix 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 pkg of stevia for 'lemonaid'.
Answered By: tootnfiddle

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2013-02-19 14:17:16.0

Does the sugar free drink you are using have any inulin (chicory root) in it? Some Crystal Light singles have this ingredient to add 3 grams of fibre per drink. You wouldn't want to drink more than 1 or 2 a day. It is also sweetened with splenda. Sometimes I mix 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 pkg of stevia for 'lemonaid'.
Answered By: tootnfiddle

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2013-01-15 12:34:57.0

Something that you might consider doing if you haven't already tried this is to make your own drinks. Years ago, I used to drink diet sodas, but I quit cold turkey when I realized that they contain absolutely nothing that is good for anyone. I now make my own sugar free drinks such as green tea which is filled with healthful anti-oxidants. Cranberry/ginger tea made from fresh cranberries combined with fresh ginger root contains anti-oxidants as well as being anti-inflammatory and can be blended with green tea for a real treat. Other ingredients can be used or added together such as eyebright, turmeric, cinnamon, alfalfa, etc. for flavor as well as health benefits. Making home made herbal teas is not only better for your health, but it can be fun too! If I want to use a sweetener, I use stevia which is many times sweeter than sugar so a little goes a long way. If you use stevia, don't use too much as it can have a bitter taste. Drink to your health!
Answered By: vivianeagleson

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