Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which a person has high blood sugar levels. If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications. It can affect your kidney, heart, eyes, nerves, and even brain.
Exercise and diet play an important role in controlling blood sugar levels. Also, there are a few beverages that could help you to control your blood sugar, such as:
#1 Black tea or Green Tea
A study has found that black tea is effective for people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers gave black tea and green tea to diabetic rats for three months and found that they had a blood sugar-lowering effect.
The researchers said, “Black tea and green tea represent a potentially inexpensive, nontoxic, and, in fact, pleasurable [blood-sugar-lowering] agent. Tea may be a simple, inexpensive means of preventing or retarding human diabetes and the ensuring complications.”
However, they cautioned that black or green tea has no anti-diabetes effect on human beings.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. It is also rich in beneficial probiotics that play a crucial role in maintaining gut health. Eating natural probiotics has been found to have beneficial effects on high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
#3 Tomato juice
One study found that tomato juice helps reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol in people who are at risk of developing heart disease, including diabetics. The study noted that consuming unsalted tomato juice helps in reducing blood pressure in people with hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
However, researchers said more studies are required to determine the actual health benefits of drinking tomato juice.
Alcohol is not good for people with type 2 diabetes because it contains a lot of calories, causing weight gain and increasing blood sugar levels. However, according to Diabetes UK, Prosecco may be a better choice for diabetics. Prosecco is an Italian wine that is made from Glera grapes.
The association states, “Some drinks like beers, ales and ciders contain carbs and will increase your blood sugar levels.” “Dry wines and spirits may also be better choices,” but the charity said one should opt for sugar-free mixers. Diabetes UK added, “If a friend gets one [a drink] for you, make it clear what you need.”