I’ve been thinking about writing a post on the diabetes-juice relationship for awhile, then I read Kim’s post at Texting My Pancreas called Reflex Theory and decided to write it.

I drank juice as a kid on a fairly regular basis and I loved apple juice, orange juice, grape juice, fruit punch, etc. In college I knew I wasn’t eating nearly enough vegetables so I started drinking V8 Fusion to increase my fruit/veggie intake.


When I was diagnosed with diabetes, juice became medicine.

Because my body is no longer on glucose autopilot, I have to manually control it with insulin (thanks pancreas). I get low blood sugar sometimes (more frequently than I should, but I’m working on it). To treat lows, I suck down juice because it’s the fastest way to get sugar into my system. I don’t enjoy a glass of orange juice with breakfast like normal people do. Sitting down with a plate of toast and eggs accompanied by a fresh cold glass of orange juice (that’s what everyone has time to make for breakfast, right?), would be like sitting down with breakfast and a side of cough syrup for me.

Juice=medicine isn’t the relationship that non diabetic people see. After my diagnosis, it’s like several people thought all at once: Rachel is diabetic and diabetics need juice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned down offers of juice since being diagnosed. I do need juice sometimes. But juice isn’t a beverage anymore. Juice is medicine. Just like, in a pinch, regular pop can be medicine too.

The desire to be helpful with my diabetes is always appreciated, but please don’t feel the need to run out and buy juice if I’m coming to visit.


10 thoughts on “Juice

  1. yup, juice is medicine. i remember sitting in Church one Christmas Eve, many, many years ago. i was probably about 16 or so. suddenly my BG was dropping and my dad leaves Church, goes to a house across the street, asks the kind lady there for a glass of orange juice and brings it back to the Church for me to drink. After Church we returned the glass to the woman, explained the situation in full, and thanked her for her kindness. She probably kept OJ in her fridge from that day on “just in case”!

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  5. While juice is medicine for you, with my diabetes juice is bad for me to drink. My sugars are still a little high (even with proper eating and exercise and of course the meds), so I can really never drink anything but water. When I have low blood sugar symptoms, my sugar is usually between 100 and 120. Sigh.

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