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Stay Hydrated to Keep Your Glucose Level in Check

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  • If you have diabetes, you may experience an increased risk of organ damage with dehydration, resulting from a cascade of events beginning with rising concentrations of blood glucose, leading to fat burning and increasing dehydration as your body produces more urine
  • In Type 2 diabetes your cells are resistant to insulin, which temporarily increases as your glucose levels rise during dehydration. Water loss may be the result of exposure to excess heat, insufficient fluid intake, strenuous exercise or illness resulting in diarrhea and vomiting
  • Dangerous levels of dehydration may only take hours if you have diabetes and may lead to kidney failure requiring dialysis, and potentially death. Scientists find staying well-hydrated may play a role in how your body regulates blood sugar and reduces your risk for insulin resistance
  • A key component to being well-hydrated is getting water into your cells. Water found in cells is called exclusionary zone water by Gerald Pollack, Ph.D. By maintaining optimal hydration, you can improve your health and longevity

For the first time in more than 20 years, data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed a drop in life expectancy in 2015. Life expectancy dropped again in 2017. Although the 10 leading causes of death remained the same in 2017 as 2016, they accounted for only 74% of all deaths.

One of the primary perpetrators of this decline is believed to be drug overdoses, but another major factor pinpointed by a supporting study is Type 2 diabetes. An update by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded more than 114 million American adults live with diabetes or prediabetes.

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