By Sujata Sharma People who experience a dry mouth and frequent thirst are often categorised as diabetics. This raises the question of how are dehydration and diabetes related? Let us try and understand how staying hydrated can help you maintain your sugar levels. When your body has high levels of sugar for a prolonged period of time, your kidneys need to work more to get rid of this excess glucose. This can only happen by means of urination. Drinking adequate amounts of water can help you both in staying hydrated and also in getting rid of the extra glucose present in your body. There are a lot of other factors that could increase the risk of dehydration such as - extreme hot weather, strenuous exercise, consumption of caffeinated drinks or alcohol, etc. Diabetes and Dehydration | Diabetic Ketoacidosis This is a condition which is common with people having Type 1 Diabetes. When your cells can’t absorb sugar for producing energy, it will start using fat instead. It will release a type of acid called Ketones in your bloodstream. Having too many ketones in your bloodstream can cause serious complications. Ketones in your bloodstream can lead to a major loss of fluids in your body. Some severe symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include vomiting, dry skin, flushed face, muscle stiffness, headaches, etc. Common Symptoms of Dehydration While dehydration does not have any major symptoms, some of its minor symptoms include- Headache Dry Mouth Thirst Dizziness Fatigue Dry Skin Dark Colored Urine If you have severe dehydration, you might also experience a weak pulse, low blood pressure and confusion. It is advised to identify and treat the symptoms right away. When you experience the symptoms of mild dehydration, you should drink more water and manage your sugar levels to balance your fluid level. How Much Water Should You Drink In A Day, Being a Diabetic? The amount of water one should consume in a day can differ for a man and a woman. Being a diabetic, a man should drink 2 litres of water in a day. On the other hand, a woman who is a diabtic, should drink 1.6 litres of water a day. Apart from water, there are other diabetes-friendly drinks that can help you stay hydrated. You can go for lemon water, infused water, herbal teas, skimmed milk, or even sugar-free coffee. They help you in treating your tastebuds and stay healthy at the same time. However, you should avoid carbonated beverages, juices and sodas that contain high amounts of sugar. They can cause a spike in your sugar levels. Even energy drinks can be harmful for diabetics, despite the other benefits that they have to offer. Other Benefits of Staying Hydrated Staying hydrated can also entail other benefits such as - preventing infections, lubricating your joints, delivering nutrients to your cells, regulating your body temperature, ensuring the proper functioning of your body. Apart from these benefits, it is also scientifically proven that staying hydrated can help you improve your mood, cognition and sleep cycle. Even after drinking ample amounts of water, if you still feel dehydrated, you should always talk to your doctor or health coach. They will change your diabetes medication or suggest the right diet or lifestyle changes. You should also not forget to monitor your sugar levels on a regular basis to keep a track of your diabetic condition. By Sujata Sharma, Diabetes Care Coach, BeatO App (DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely of the author and ETHealthworld does not necessarily subscribe to it. ETHealthworld.com shall not be responsible for any damage caused to any person / organisation directly or indirectly.) Follow and connect with us on , Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube Sponsored Stories.