Friday, July 1, 2011

Easing hyperglycemia with H2O

French researchers reported some interesting preliminary results of a study of people with diabetes. Those who drank more water had a lesser risk of developing high blood sugar than those who didn't drink as much water. It's not clear if there's a cause-and-effect relationship yet (it may be that a third, unknown factor leads to both a lower blood sugar and a tendency to drink more water), and these results haven't yet been reviewed by other scientists. But it would be awfully convenient if diabetics in a low-resource setting could take better care of themselves by doing something as simple as drinking more water.

(Of course, that's assuming they have access to clean drinking water--not a safe assumption in many parts of the world.)