Cool off this summer with one of these great drinks perfect for people with diabetes. Iced coffee: What better way to cool down when the temperature rises than with a delicious iced coffee? Research has shown that drinking coffee can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes but it’s also a good option for those already living with the condition – just avoid the sugary blended versions sold at most high street coffee chains. Green tea: It might sound like something more suited to warming you on a winter’s day, but a fresh cup of green tea can be a great way to cool down while filling up on important minerals and antioxidants. Add a slice of lemon, lime or even peach for an extra twist of flavour and blend with ice if you’d prefer something a little cooler. Banana smoothie: Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the more decadent drinks out there! A banana smoothie made from unsweetened almond milk, banana and peanut butter makes a delicious treat and can be tailored for that hot summer sunshine by blending up with ice. Coconut water: Nature’s energy drink, coconut water is an excellent way to replenish your minerals and vitamins after working out or playing sport without reaching for those sugar-laden sports drinks. Coconut water also works to manage blood sugar levels, so there’s really no reason not to sip some down this summer! Vegetable juice: As most people with diabetes will know, fruit juices like orange and apple usually contain too much sugar to be enjoyed. However, vegetable juices can make a great alternative when it comes to cooling off. Blend up a mix of tomato juice with spinach, cucumbers and celery for the perfect refreshing, nutrient-filled drink. Water: OK, so it might not be the most exciting drink out there but when it comes to keeping you healthy and hydrated there’s very few beverages that beat water. Keep your fluid levels up this summer by drinking at least 2 litres a day and if that sounds too dull, why not add a twist of lemon or cucumber and give your H2O a little H2Ooooh?