I'm so thirsty

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crgrandma
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   Posted 5/28/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All, Hope you are coping allright. I was hoping someone could give me some advice on what to drink. I'm new at this diabetic thing and I'm so tired of water. I'm having a small glass of pepsi now because I'm out of sugar free soda. I crave sweets now more than I ever did. I guess that must be in my head but this thirst is awful. I think some of it is from all my meds I take for all the other stuff I've got going on but I can't get enough to drink, funny thing is I have to take lasex to get it out. If anyone can give me some ideas on what I can have I would be very grateful. I've even tried gaterade and still feel like i haven't had anything  to drink for hours. Thank you very much. crgrandma aka Mary

Phishbowl
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   Posted 5/28/2006 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Mary...how can I say this? That "small glass of pop" you're drinking now might as well be sugar water...well, actually, it is. By drinking it, you are making your thirst worse.

The reason you are so thirsty - and only doing blood glucose testing will confirm this - is because your blood sugars are running high. That's what I suspect, given that you are Diabetic and incredibly thirsty. Are you Type2? What type of Diabetes meds are you on? Have you been recommended to a Dietician yet? You are new to this but, one of the most important things you can understand is how food, and that includes drink, affects your blood sugars. You'll be amazed at just how much sugar is in products, and you'll understand just how incredibly bad that little glass of pop is. Most Diabetics use pop exclusively as a quick-fix to stop a hypo/low.

To directly answer your question :-) .......water - best thing ever for thirst. Period. Spice it up a bit by squeezing fresh lemon or lime - not so much that you need sugar, though. There are numerous "diet" sodas, ice teas, powdered aides, etc. that vary in the sugar substitute used and affect people differently, so you'll make your own educated choice there.

That being said, however, you MUST stay away from or severly limit: 1) fruit juices - eat the fruit instead and also understand how high in fructose (form of sugar) some can be, 2) regular soda/pop/lemonade/etc. - they're just bad, pure sugar. Sports drinks - some are high in sugar but most are really high in sodium - that's salt - not good unless you're actually exercising to have such a requirement (retain water).

I'm sure there are folks who can suggest a lot more sugar-free drink options but I hope I've helped you understand a little bit. Best of luck. We're here for ya :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." -- Talmud


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/28/2006 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Mary,

Always glad to make a new friend but sorry for the reason. Welcome to HealingWell.

Phishbowl pretty much covered it... You're thirsty because your kidneys are desperately trying to dilute the sugar in your blood and as soon as your blood sugars get in line you should see the thirst disappear overnight. Do you have a testing meter? What are your numbers running in the morning when you first get up? Are you on a diabetic food plan? Have you had your kidney function tested lately? Are you going to an endocrinologist or a gp? Enough questions...

Recipe for 'Sun' Tea made on the kitchen counter...

Sun tea is a very delicious form of tea that gets its mellow flavor from the slow infusion into the water at low temperatures vs. quick infusion from boiling water for regular tea.

Mint Sun Tea
Get a nice gallon size glass jar for tea at the dollar store. Glass works the best for tea. In the morning put about two cups of really hot tap water into the jar. Add 5 - 6 regular tea bags. Add two 'Plantation Mint' tea bags. Make and eat your breakfast and load the dishwasher. Fill the jug to the top with cool water. When the water darkens the tea is ready... at room temp this is about an hour. Outside in direct sunlight the tea will darken more quickly because of the increased heat.

I use mint sun tea all summer because it's refreshing and doesn't need sweetening. It has a cool, light flavor that isn't bitter or sour the way some tea is. Tea also acts as a mild diuretic and will help reduce swelling in your ankles, but only mildly.

If I get tired of tea I switch to sugar free koolade and crystal light. If you make it in the evening a two quart pitcher will usually be able to be diluted to make about a gallon of drinkable liquid in the morning. I always have to dilute mine because it's too strong and too sweet for me. Your taste may vary.

When I'm out to eat I always order water because the waitress can easily goof up a diet soda order giving me regular soda and my numbers go thru the roof. If you want to order diet soda at a restaurant be sure to explain you are diebetic so the waitress will be careful. At home I enjoy a diet soda when others are having a cocktail. You must make it a priority that there is diet soda for you to drink at home. If you're doing the grocery shopping then only purchase diet soda. The rest of the family can buy their own soda with sugar in it. You really can't have it unless you are having a low blood sugar problem from insulin. I'm not trying to pick on you, just help you to understand. Regular soda is kind of like poison to you from now on. Having a little glass of 'regular pop' is kind of like having a little glass of 'poison'.

Get back to us with some numbers and we will try to help you get them down. Diabetes isn't always fun but we try to make it livable. Everyone here is very helpful and kind and most of them really know what they are talking about, too! tongue

Talk to ya later!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


crgrandma
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   Posted 5/29/2006 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your advice. Right now the Dr. wants to treat me by diet and I go once a month for blood work to find out when she wants to start the meds. That won't take long since I haven't been able to work since 2002 and I can't afford the diet they want me on. I don't know if it's type 1 or 2 she didn't tell me. But I'm on metoprol 50mg 2 times daily, gemfibrizil, protonix,lasex,potassium, inhalers for my copd since I lost my insurance I lost lots of my breathing meds because I can't arrord them, lortab 7.5 every 6 hours but can only take 2 a day so I don't run out before I go back once a month, valium twice daily and soma twice daily. The metoprol is for my heart failure but it keeps my hypertension under control also. I have a elite xl test monitor but haven't been able to get my lancets or test strips yet. I have to go to the local health dept. and they are so limited on what they can do. My family pays for me to see a Dr. once a month to get my pain meds. And lots of vitimans. I knew drinking the pepsi was wrong but I never thought of it as poison so I've stuck to the water all weekend. I hope to get some things to make it taste better when my daughter does grocery shopping Wednesday. It really means alot hearing your replies. Take care of yourselfs and bless you! Mary

offcourse
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   Posted 5/30/2006 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I think they have already answered your question. My dad is diabetic and he has a craving for sweets and something other than water and sugar free drinks. I think itz kinda normal.. my mom always says: a strange liking for sweets!! May u feel better, and take care..

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/30/2006 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Mary,
Please click on my name to the left and it will take you to my personal profile page. Send me an email and I'll get some info to you about less expensive meds. Also, you should speak with social services or Catholic Family Services (you don't have to be Catholic) about having someone help you to get on a free med program from some of the drug companies.Maybe someone else here will be able to help with the low cost drugs as well.

As far as your drinks go, I dislike sacharin favored things (the pink packets) because it has a nasty aftertaste. That's also why it's the cheapest... I use aspartane (blue packets) or Splenda (yellow packets) because they taste better. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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