Healthy Hydration Symposium: Drinking bottled water may reduce diabetes risk

October 21, 2011

Last September 15, the “Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference” made a breakthrough about health and hydration as it showed that drinking bottled water could decrease the possibility of having diabetes.

Have you ever been dying of thirst and someone said, "You know, you may have diabetes?" Sounds like he may be stretching it a bit, but in reality, thirst can be a signal of this disease. There could be a lot of causes for your thirst, of course, but it is a coincidence worth noting when it turns out that drinking water certainly contributes to diabetes risk reduction.

During the conference’s Healthy Hydration Symposium a report was issued that reaches the conclusion that suitable hydration helps to lower weight gain and can reduce the risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes. These findings bolster the important role of drinking water, including bottled water, as part of a healthy lifestyle.

In response, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has released the following statement: “Drinking water, including bottled water, instead of sugared beverages can reduce your caloric intake, which can help maintain your weight as part of a healthy lifestyle. We encourage consumers to take notice of these important findings and make simple, smart choices in their daily life and choose water, whether at home, at the office or on the go.”

Furthermore, John Etgen, symposium co-chair and senior vice president of the Project WET Foundation (Water Education for Teachers), said: “We believe that educating children on hydration plays a significant role in obesity prevention initiatives worldwide.”

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