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Chronic Dehydration Spells Trouble For Diabetics Who Follow A High Protein, Low Carb Diet

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Thickened blood spells trouble for diabetics who are chronically dehydrated due to their recommended dietary habits. It's important to find ways to bring foods into the diet that are hydrating in order to avoid vascular, heart, kidney and liver conditions that complicate the disease.


How many hydrating foods do you eat/drink in a day? Do you start your day off with coffee or tea? This is one very dehydrating habit.

And it gets worse from there.

Perhaps you only eat cooked or processed foods, instead of bringing an abundance of fresh low GI raw foods into your diet such as berries, cucumbers, lettuces, celery, radish, leafy greens, citrus and apples into your daily regimen. This is not the ideal way to manage blood viscosity and diabetes.

Blood Viscosity And Diabetes

One of the reasons diabetics should do their best to stay hydrated is to avoid developing thick blood (blood viscosity). If you reach a certain level of dehydration repeatedly, your blood can thicken and give rise to numerous health issues including, but not limited to, heart disease.

To illustrate, when someone who is dehydrated develops thick blood, it gets harder for the heart to draw up blood from the liver. This can also cause greater difficulty in providing the brain and other organs with blood and oxygen. Over time, this can exhaust or wear out the heart. If the body remains dehydrated and the blood remains thick for an extended period of time, issues such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack, liver, kidney problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can occur.

As the body grows more and more dehydrated, blood will continue to thicken. Severe dehydration, which directly impacts the blood in the body, is often affected by the food choices many diabetics make each day.

Is Your Diet High In Protein And Thus, Fat?

Being diabetic and chronically dehydrated causes a thickening of the blood. Any condition, particularly diabetes, that demands a low carb, high fat, high protein diet can be dehydrating because cooked foods can actually pull water from the organs, while raw food can actually hydrate the organs. Overtime the diabetic lifestyle and diet can increase blood thickness.

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The causes for the increased blood thickness in some diabetic people could also be due to unregulated blood sugars, but this is not confirmed. Unregulated blood sugars may affect the red blood cells, causing a reduction in the ability of the red blood cells to change their shape and causing an increase in their tendency to aggregate.

The Science on Blood Viscosity And Diabetes Is Solid

In two studies, diabetic patients were observed to have systolic and diastolic blood viscosity levels that were more than 10% and 25% higher than healthy controls.

In the first study blood thickening, or viscosity and several of its major determinants such as red blood cells, blood plasma protein in the liver and blood thickness, were measured in thirty-eight male insulin-treated diabetics, aged eighteen to fifty year old, and in thirty-eight non-diabetic control subjects matched for age and smoking habit.

Diabetics with retinopathy had more blood thickening than diabetics without retinopathy. Blood thickness, and the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total volume of blood correlated with the duration of diabetes.

In the other study comparing blood viscosity in diabetics with retinopathy the thickness of the whole blood, plasma and serum, the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total volume of blood, or haematocrit -- the blood plasma protein that's made in the liver (plasma fibrinogen) were studied in diabetic patients with and without diabetic retinopathy and in non-diabetic control subjects. Blood viscosity was significantly higher in diabetics than in controls.

Blood Viscosity and Diabetes Can Be Improved With Proper Hydration

If the body remains chronically dehydrated and the blood remains thick for an extended period of time, issues including a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack, liver, kidney problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

If your body is properly hydrated, it is able to rid the liver, kidneys, and other parts of the body of unwanted toxins. Conversely, if you are not adequately hydrated, any toxins or poisons in your system will easily be eliminated. This is an incredibly important reason to try and stay hydrated.

When it comes to managing both blood viscosity and diabetes two easy ways to avoid being chronically dehydrated at a cellular level is to be more mindful about the foods you eat. Eating more hydrating raw foods, such as low GI fruits and incorporating lots of fresh leafy green vegetables, as well as all vegetables, into your diet is one easy way to ensure your blood won’t thicken. Also drink the purest water you can find, squeeze some lemon or lime into it to add electrolytes and sip this throughout the day – both lemon and lime are incredibly cleansing and hydrating because it adds electrolytes to the water. Always work closely with your practitioner, Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to monitor your diet and improved blood results.