Severity of Dehydration for Type 1 Diabetes

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

It’s been noticed that we tend to get dehydrated when our blood sugar doesn’t come down from the usual level. This could be a sign that we are not getting enough nutrients in our bodies.

We talk about the various factors that are involved in making sure that you're getting enough hydration. We also talk about the signs of dehydration and how it can affect your blood sugar management. Drinking enough water is very important for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions.


Dehydration is a risk factor for people with diabetes. High blood sugars can also cause dehydration. In most cases, people with diabetes have a hard time keeping their bodies hydrated. For instance, if you have high blood sugar that is not being treated properly, or you are dehydrated, it can actually cause your blood sugar to go up. This is because the body doesn't have enough liquid to keep up with the blood sugar. If you’re dehydrated, then you probably have a headache. Also, if you have dry eyes, a headache, and a dry mouth, that can be a sign of dehydration.



High blood sugars can also cause dehydration. But, just as with dehydration, it can also cause high blood sugars. Dehydration can be caused by simply drinking not enough water. But also, excessive sweating especially after exercising in hot weather can contribute to the cause. Alcohol may also dehydrate your body, as well as vomiting or diarrhea, can dehydrate the body.


How dehydration happens is takes a more specific process. When blood sugars are high, your kidneys filter a little bit more blood than they should. This helps keep the water out. This state is what causes people to feel dehydrated when their blood sugars go up. This is because the body can’t use its stored energy to keep up with the rising levels of glucose. Although ketones are not bad in low amounts, they are also dehydrated and can cause dangerous symptoms if they are combined with other toxins.


Also, remember to watch out for extreme dehydration, as it can contribute to the development of diabetes and its symptoms. It’s also a contributing factor to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The other contributing factor may be not getting enough insulin. In fact, this alone can be the cause of DKA and be the root cause--the lack of insulin in the body, which occurs when the body is not getting the insulin it needs to work properly. It's also important to note that Ketosis is a process that is used to achieve low blood sugar, while diabetic ketosis is a different kind of ketosis.


Dehydration can also cause a low supply of electrolytes. If you are severely dehydrated, you should immediately go to the hospital for IV fluids.


How much to drink is a bit of a difficult one. It varies depending on many factors, such as how active you are, how much water you consume, and what shape your body is in. As a rule of thumb, we generally try to drink about two liters of water a day.




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