Can a diabetic patient take honey in water?

Diabetes as is widely known is a disease in which the pancreas produces insufficient amounts of insulin in the body. In patients suffering from diabetes, carbohydrates, starches and sugars that are ingested as food cannot be fully utilized and are passed out in the patient's urine. honey is a component used daily by people everywhere. Fructose and Glucose are the main constituents of honey. Honey and diabetes go hand in hand as honey is good and bad for diabetes. The use of honey for curing diabetes is not really known though it may help small amounts of it could help manage the symptoms.

The important question however is whether honey and water is safe for diabetic patients? The answer to that question is yes - though care should be taken that the honey is pure. This is because a single tablespoon full of pure honey will have the same amount of carbohydrates of a 200 gram raw apple. However it has been observed that consuming honey produces a considerably lower amount of blood sugar as compared to other starches that are rich in glucose. A tablespoon of honey has near about 17 grams of carbohydrates. It has also been found that when honey is regularly included in the part of a diabetic's diet, it will reduce the blood sugar levels and HbA1C level. Studies have shown that the difference in blood sugar levels is by 60 to 100mg/dl after an hour to 90 minutes after it is ingested. The use of honey for diabetes type 2 patients is also known. A little honey could be included in their diet while most other sugars and high fructose corn syrups should be eliminated completely from the diet of patients.

Diabetic patients who have been taking insulin injections for a long time are prone to insulin-shock, which is subglycemia. Honey administered in liberal quantities to avert an insulin shock due to subglycemia is also common. Therefore it can be termed as safe. However the question then arises that how much honey is sufficient? A tablespoon of honey roughly contains 60 calories and as a general rule, a person's intake of simple sugars should be restricted to about 1/10th of total calories ingested. Therefore in a day about 2 to 3 spoons of honey should be a safe amount to ingest. Also the more advanced a person's intolerance to glucose, the more beneficial is honey for them. Consult a doctor before taking any of the remedies of honey for diabetes and other related problems. Finally whether you are a diabetic or not, honey is good for you and if taken in the right quantities. Remember it is very important that you keep your doctor informed about every remedy when suffering from diabetes.

answered by G M

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