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How much sugar per 100ml is ok in drinks?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Ramonlv, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Ramonlv

    Ramonlv · Member

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    Hello, I’m doing some research on drinks which are ok for diabetics and so was wondering what sugar levels you look for in drinks? I imagine I’ll get a really varied response, which is fine... just really interested to know what levels you personally see as ok.

    Thank you, would really appreciate your thoughts on this.
     
  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    You need to differentiate between diabetics on insulin or certain insulin promoting drugs, and those on diet only or Metformin. You will get different answers.

    I am a Type 2 on diet only. I would never touch any drink that contains sugar. Zero sugar all the time, but then of course you need to look to see what chemicals have replaced the sugar. Some sweeteners are bad for us (that is, bad for the general public, not just diabetics) Personally I avoid all that type of drink and stick to water, coffee and tea. (and red wine!)
     
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  3. Hotpepper20000

    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm type 2. I would never drink anything with sugar in it, including milk.
    Also I don't consume any artificial sweetners.
    I never have even before I was diagnosed.
     
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    #3 Hotpepper20000, Dec 5, 2017 at 2:10 PM
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  4. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I am type 1 and never touch sugar or artificial sweeteners.
     
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  5. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean by "ok"?
    OK to not raise Blood Glucose? In which case, this depends what type of diabetes and how it is treated.
    Ok to not rot your teeth? In which case the same as anyone without diabetes.
    Ok to not put on weight? Same as anyone without diabetes but depends on how much you drink.
    ...
     
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  6. glavesr

    glavesr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm type 1 and carb count if I do drink full sugar drinks it is always out of a can or 500ml bottle and anything I do drink I no how much insulin to inject
    But I only really have this as a treat I mostly stick to max when on the go or zero lilt when a I'm at home
     
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  7. Ramonlv

    Ramonlv · Member

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    Thanks, this is really helpful
     
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    glavesr Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find that 2l bottle of full sugar are to much of a hassle so I only stick to cans and 500 ml bottle then at least you can be accurate with my doses
     
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  9. Ramonlv

    Ramonlv · Member

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    Thanks Helen, yeah I think my question was a bit too open... I was meaning to raise blood sugar levels so am trying to see if people generally avoid sugar altogether, or if they do occasionally sneak some in, what amount?
     
  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    Yes, but still too open. Diet only or Metformin and diet Type 2s have to be far more careful and can't afford to sneak any in on a regular basis.
     
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  11. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Nothing sneaks by Diabetes. It’s always there and is not generous with giving us a break. So it all comes down to what you want your numbers to look like. Are you testing at home before and after meals / food ?
    Even the thought of a sugary drink turns me off. My taste buds have changed and prefer fresh and savory over sweet.
     
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    #11 Kristin251, Dec 5, 2017 at 3:30 PM
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  12. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Expert

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    I'd go for zero every time..
     
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  13. Ramonlv

    Ramonlv · Member

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    Ah ok... see I’m learning already! So to better understand, I should perhaps point this question at a particular type, or on a particular drug? I was hoping to find out what people‘s attitude to drinks on a more individual basis. I don’t suppose I’m trying to find out if there’s a one size fits all sort of thing.
     
  14. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    It ap
    it appears most are saying no thank you. And just to add, even if non diabetic, and another reason to stay away is sugar feeds cancer.
    A lot of us are health conscious and eat a pretty healthy diet. So no sugar for us!
     
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  15. Ramonlv

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    Thanks Kristin. So the picture I’m getting is no sugar as a blanket rule. I’m also curious about juice as I hear many might mix a little with water etc. I suppose with juices there’s no focus on looking at sugar because you know what you’re in for? Real pure juice I mean
     
  16. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It is most certainly NOT a "No sugar" blanket rule.
    Sugary drinks are a common hypo treatment for people who treat their diabetes in insulin (or any other drug which could reduce BG).
    And, as a Type 1 I sometimes have juice but make sure I take insulin to cover it.
     
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  17. Ramonlv

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    Thanks glavesr, so do you look at a drink and say this is too much, no I won’t have it... or think more if I have this I need to compensate with x?
     
  18. Ramonlv

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    Thanks Helen, sorry that I’m not doing a great job of navigating this. So would juice be the only drink that you have that contains sugar, or would you apply the same approach to other drinks and then cover it with insulin?

    I suppose a better criteria for the question should have been drinking for enjoyment rather than treatment... but then again I would fall down the rabbit hole of if drinks for hypo are just as much a part of daily life that they would also be considered for enjoyment.

    It’s a really difficult question I’m asking, but I’m learning loads so really appreciate it. Please forgive my slip ups
     
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  19. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I guess there is no hard and fast answer. We all have different diets and different goals. I am ultra low carb so NO sugar is my answer but there are many many others who love their sugar and if they can manage their diabetes with it, then hats off to them. As an insulin user I would have no clue how to bolus for sugar without riding the roller coaster so I don’t eat it or drink it
    And I always like to keep my numbers in nondiabetic range. But this is all my choice. You can choose yours.
    Are you testing your bs at home? If not I would suggest getting a meter and see what happens after sugary drinks.
    And what type of diabetic are you? Are you on any meds?
     
  20. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think you are getting the point that everyone is different.
    Personally, I do not like "soda" like cola.
    I may have a small glass of juice for breakfast occasionally.
    I only drink sugary drinks such as juices when socialising if they are part of a cocktail. If I make these myself, I have less sugarness than people without diabetes and find the affect alcohol has on BG balances the affect the sugary drinks have.

    The only other times I drink something sweet is a hot chocolate after a long walk on a chilly day but I don't add any sugar.
     
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