A Dietitian Shares 3 Beverages To Drink For People With Type 2 Diabetes, 'Helps Lower Blood Sugar'—Okra Water, Plus More

woman sipping on a paper straw
woman sipping on a paper straw

Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition characterized by insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels. It often results from a combination of genetic predisposition, lifestyle factors, and obesity. Managing this condition typically involves a combination of medication, dietary adjustments, and exercise. But, some health experts also say that certain beverages may contribute to the reversal of type 2 diabetes and help lower blood sugar levels.

TikTok creator and registered dietitian Charmaine Dominguez (@reversingdiabetesrvltn) revealed three unexpected beverages that could potentially aid in reversing type 2 diabetes and lower your blood sugar. She shared that okra water, ginger tea, and green tea are the ones to add to your diet.

Okra Water

While some anecdotal evidence and traditional beliefs suggest that okra water may have potential benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes, scientific research on its direct link to reversing the condition and lowering blood sugar remains limited. However, okra is a nutrient-rich vegetable that contains soluble fiber, which can help stabilize blood sugar levels.

"To make okra water, all you have to do is to wash the okra, cut it into little stems or circles. Soak it in water overnight in a jar and the next day it will turn slimy. I know it sounds disgusting but the reason why it turns slimy is because it has soluble fiber. You know how there [are] people selling these powders that will turn into slimy water? It's because it's soluble fiber. You don't have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for those. Just get some okra, cut it up, and make your okra water because that's going to give you the soluble fiber."

She notes that this soluble fiber is not just good for blood sugar balance but can also lower cholesterol and blood lipids, which in return can aid in reversing insulin resistance.

Ginger Tea

Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and some studies suggest it may contribute to improved insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.

Dominguez says to take a nub of ginger, slice them, take about 3-5 slices and in a small pot add water and let that boil for 3-5 minutes until it starts to turn yellow.

"Ginger is amazing for lowering inflammation and for reducing swelling as well. Now a lot of times I know people living with type diabetes will see swelling in their knees or in their joint, so this can help with the swelling as well as lowering your blood sugar," she says.

Green Tea

Last but certainly not least is Dominguez's 'favorite,' green tea! She recommends to drink green tea with each meal because "it's going to help you lower your post meal blood sugar."

Rich in antioxidants, particularly catechins, green tea may have a positive impact on insulin sensitivity and glucose regulation.

She notes that green tea is high in antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties. She also suggests matcha specifically because "it is a concentrated form of green tea."