Can You Drink Alcohol When You Have Type 1 Diabetes?

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Diabetes is a common, life-long condition that occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly. Insulin is a hormone that transfers glucose from the bloodstream into the cells to be used for energy. If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper use of this glucose so it builds up in the blood instead of moving into your cells. The chances of developing diabetes may depend on a mix of your genes and your lifestyle. Drinking to excess, for example, can contribute to individuals becoming diabetic. Diabetes is a manageable condition. But when it’s not well managed, it is associated with serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage and amputations2. There are two main types of diabetes3 Type 1 diabetes develops if the body can’t produce enough insulin, because insulin-producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed. It can happen: Because of genetic factors When a virus or infection triggers an autoimmune response (where the body starts attacking itself). People who have this type of diabetes are usually diagnosed before they’re 40 and there’s curre Continue reading >>

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  1. elijahallen

    Alcohol and type 1, how much is too much?

    I am a very healthy 34 year old and have had type 1 diabetes for 11 years. I have good control of my blood sugar and wonder how many of you drink alcohol on a regular basis and what the effects are as long as blood sugar levels are stable when you drink? I pretty much only drink beer or wine but I like to have 3-4 beers some nights and have always worried that I may be hurting myself doing so even though my blood sugar levels stay 70-130 most of the time. I am 6'3" and weigh 185.

  2. Nixo

    I think alcohol lowers your blood sugar so you are more likely to go low and possibly go into a serious hypo.

  3. elijahallen

    Originally Posted by Nixo
    I think alcohol lowers your blood sugar so you are more likely to go low and possibly go into a serious hypo. I can see that being true in some cases but only if you have an empty stomach and fresh insulin in your blood. I usually have a snack while having beers and a small shot for the two before dinner. Seems to work perfect as far as blood sugar levels go.

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