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Replacing Diet Drinks With Water May Aid Weight Loss in Diabetic Women

For people with diabetes, diet drinks have been associated with weight gain and symptoms of metabolic syndrome. A recent study suggests that drinking water instead of a diet beverage may help women with type 2 diabetes lose weight.

Participants in the study included 81 overweight and obese women with type 2 diabetes who consistently consumed diet beverages and were on a weight loss program. The women were asked to either substitute water for diet drinks or continue drinking diet drinks five times per week after lunch for a period of 24 weeks.

At the conclusion of the study, the women who drank water had an average 14.1 pound weight loss, compared with an 11.9 pound weight loss in the diet drink group. They also had a 2.49 kg/m2 change in BMI, compared with a 2.06 kg/m2 in the diet drink group. Finally, the water group had greater improvements in fasting blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity than the diet drink group.

Researchers from The University of Nottingham in the UK and Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 16, 2016, in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

The human body is composed of 60% water. This makes it important to consume enough water every day to replace that which is lost from sweat, breathing, urine, and stool. Increasing water intake has been associated not only with lower calorie consumption but also less muscle fatigue, better looking skin, healthier kidneys, and better bowel function.

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