Although there are many diet drinks, still drinks can be a problem for the diabetics. Because many drinks contain soda inside. It can cause body fat and problems with stomach. So it is better to prepare your own drink at home. You can stock up fresh fruits in summer and use them in winter to prepare fruit drinks with a fresh taste.

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Comment by Gerri on January 30, 2012 at 8:41am

Fruit juice is concentrated fructose & not a good choice for diabetics. Fructose is metabolized by the liver, unlike other sugars. Fruit juice isn't healthy for anyone in quantity.

Comment by Scott E on January 30, 2012 at 9:10am

I'm glad you mentioned that, Gerri. There was a discussion on the JDRF LinkedIn group (click here), and my perception was that most people didn't want to hear the advice that juice and T1D don't play nice.

(I hope the link is viewable; I've never linked to a LinkedIn group discussion before and don't know if it can be seen by everybody).

Comment by Gerri on January 30, 2012 at 9:18am

Afraid I couldn't open the link without being signing in to LinkedIn.

Comment by Gerri on January 30, 2012 at 12:33pm

You can Google metabolizing fructose to see exactly how fructose effects blood lipids because it's metabolized by the liver & why fructose is particularly unhealthy in the concentrated form of juice.

I'm T1 also. Your choice to eat/drink whatever you care to. Takes a less insulin to cover a steak & vegetables than it does fruit juice.

Comment by Brian (bsc) on January 30, 2012 at 1:21pm

I really liked the lecture by Robert Lustig on fructose. I avoid fructose and eat very few fruits. In general, there is a (false) perception that fruits are a source of important human nutrition. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this continues. Fruit is basically sugar and fructose and a few extremely limited vitamins and minerals. No fat, no protein. Almost devoid of nutrition.

Comment by Gerri on January 30, 2012 at 1:39pm


Here you go. "Remember that fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion. The hormonal steering of metabolism applies only to that induced by glucose. The excess substrate from fructose is poured into fat synthesis which is stimulated by the insulin released in response to simultaneously consumed glucose. The liver has a huge capacity for the uptake and phosphorylation of fructose. The phosphorylation capability is about twice that of the glucose phosphorylation system. We find large increases in uptake and metabolism of fructose with increased sugar levels in portal blood. In individuals with fructose intolerance we find an increase in fructose-1-phosphate due to the fact that fructokinase activity can exceed that of aldolase B. This special aldolase is required to cleave F-1-P to dihydroxyacetone phosphate and glyceraldehyde. The fructose taken up cannot be stored as such. It is converted to intermediates in glycolysis WHICH COME AFTER THAT ALL-IMPORTANT CONTROL POINT, PHOSPHOFRUCTOKINASE 1. So what? Well, some of that fructose winds up as glycogen and glucose. That is ok; we need glucose in the blood. The rest of the fructose rushes through pyruvate, is transferred to mitochondria, and finally converted to fatty acids and exported from the liver as triglycerides.


Comment by acidrock23 on January 31, 2012 at 4:45am

I agree w/ avoiding fruit too. I'm not a huge fan of it anyway but the concentration of sugar isn't worth it to me. If I'm going to splurge, I figure I want some potato chips or a hamburger or something more horrible than an apple. I drink V8 fairly regularly and that seems to have staved off scurvy for me?

Comment by Scott E on January 31, 2012 at 8:00am

I made the mistake once of thinking V8 was a "free" food (generally carbs in vegetables are insignificant, and this was before I pumped and counted carbs). I'm afraid of the stuff now... I figure it's a lot of slower-acting carbs that will keep hitting me for a long period of time...

Comment by acidrock23 on January 31, 2012 at 4:53pm

I don't think that it's "free" but it has about 1/2-1/3 the carbs that regular juices have. The amount of vitamins on the label on the "Antioxidant blend" stuff is 100% of many nutrients in relatively compact form.

Comment by Scott E on January 31, 2012 at 7:11pm

Maybe I should check it out, then. Thanks!


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