Can You Drink Alcohol When You Have Diabetes?

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Drinking And Diabetes: Seven Facts To Know

April is a time for showers, taxes, and the Boston Marathon. It’s also Alcohol Awareness Month. Given this, I thought it would be appropriate to review a few facts about alcohol and how people with diabetes may be affected by its use. 1. Alcohol is not carbohydrate, protein, or fat. Most of us know that calories come from the three main nutrients (called macronutrients) in the food that we eat: carbohydrate (carb), protein, and fat. Carb and protein contain 4 calories per gram, while fat contains 9 calories per gram. These nutrients are also called essential nutrients because we must take them in from food and they serve vital roles in the body. So where does alcohol fall into the mix? Alcohol isn’t an essential nutrient, nor, as I’ve mentioned, is it classified as carb, protein, or fat. But it does contain calories — 7 calories per gram, to be exact. If you’re watching your weight, you need to keep an eye on how much alcohol you drink. Additionally, alcohol contains little, if any, vitamins and minerals, unlike carb, protein, and fat foods. Technically, alcohol is considered to be a drug, as it can have potentially harmful effects. 2. Alcohol is metabolized, or processed Continue reading >>

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  1. Centurion

    Metformin Stopped (Renal Failure) - Best Alternatives?

    Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1998 - put on glicazid , but was inaffective - sitagliptin added years later, but still not effective. Wasn't put on metformin originally because of concerns about the kidneys - but they decided to give it a try (about 2010). It worked a treat controlling the glucose levels - one 1 gram tab morning, one at dinner (changed to slow release after awhile). The kidney function reading of course dipped from then on. 18 months ago I was instructed to go down to one a day (to save kidney function). My glucose levels have still (surprisingly) been kept well under control (even with a "relaxed diet").
    But the kidney function reading has been hovering just above 30 for some time (relatively stable). Saw the renal doctor on
    26 Jan and he said there are other new drugs available which don't have the same effect as Metformin (which came as good news). In his letter to my GP and me, he wrote CKD is stable, most recently at 28, consider stopping Metformin please and consider him for another anti-diabetic medication due to CKD.
    So, that was the renal doctor. I spoke to my GP a month ago about this and he said he wasn't sure which to put me on, so will write to the diabetic clinic for advice. If I hear nothing in two weeks let him know (it's a month now) - will have to check with him.
    Three days ago I saw the diabetic nurse (I normally see a doctor) and with the same information, she firstly said I should go on the slow release Metformin. Only when I told her I was already on it (and had been for years) she then jumped to telling me to go on insulin.
    A bit of a shock (at least in the circumstances). Should I accept this "without challenge" when the renal doctor thought otherwise? I'm wondering if she's even seen his letter - she claimed she didn't know of my doctor writing to them.
    With the quickest google I saw this, looks interesting, about the three new drugs:

  2. Triv

    If it were me, I'd go with my renal doctor's opinion. Jmo

  3. mizmac

    Where are you located?
    Frankly I would ask the renal doctor for a referral to an endo.

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