How Important is Hydration for Diabetes?

Sep 29, 2015
How Important is Hydration for Diabetes? 
In 2010, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. Approximately 208,000 Americans under the age of twenty are estimated to have been diagnosed.

Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases in which the body is either unable to produce enough insulin or the cells are unable to use the body’s insulin effectively—each resulting in high blood sugar as glucose cannot enter cells to be broken down. Studies have shown that similarly, dehydration also results in higher blood glucose levels, potentially causing damage to the kidneys and nerves. The risk of dehydration increases in someone with diabetes, and the combination of both is extremely dangerous and life threatening.

     
In order to prevent dehydration, it is important to consume plenty of water throughout the day. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 3 liters, or 13 cups of water for males and 2.2 liters, or 9 cups of water for females. Symptoms of dehydration are sometimes less prominent as a person ages. So as we get older, it becomes even more vital to keep track of daily water intake to ensure proper hydration. This is where the MyHydrate® Smart Hydration System comes into play. MyHydrate® created a 22-ounce, impact-resistant smart bottle that monitors a user’s liquid intake through a patented technology within the cap to measure the volume of liquid that passes through its valve.

The MyHydrate® bottle also has a series of LED lights that are illuminated per every 8 ounces of water consumed. Users can physically observe the intake of water throughout the day by monitoring how many LEDs are lit up. Now if a user is very focused on a task and has forgotten to take a sip of water for over one hour, the MyHydrate® bottle will play a little jingle to remind the user to stay hydrated. This system of reminders ensures regular hydration every day while delivering convenience without interfering with a user’s daily routine.

Every 19 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease that causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. MyHydrate® has an ongoing partnership with the American Diabetes Association. For every MyHydrate® which is sold, $1 is donated to the ADA for Diabetes research through promotions that give back.