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Is It Ok For Diabetics To Drink Wine?

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Can Diabetics Drink Wine?

Wondering if a glass of red or white wine is OK to have with dinner? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says yes, as long as you’re not pregnant and don’t have a history of alcohol abuse. The ADA also recommends that you eat whenever you’re drinking an alcoholic beverage. Since alcohol can cause severe, life-threatening low blood sugar (even in people who don’t have diabetes), food is essential to help the body regulate blood glucose levels. One study showed that moderate alcohol intake (no more than one drink a day) was associated with lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity in healthy people without diabetes. Another study showed that blood sugar levels didn’t differ for 12 hours after a meal between diabetic patients (both types 1 and 2) who drank a glass of wine with dinner (or a shot of vodka before dinner, or a shot of cognac after dinner) and those who drank an equal amount of water. Finally, a number of studies have suggested that moderate alcohol intake may have a positive effect on blood cholesterol and lipid levels. Just remember that alcohol calories should be included in your meal plan (one alcoholic drink is 1 fat exchange). Reprinted Continue reading >>

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  1. Pachinko

    0 I'm a new NP and picking my way through diabetes management. I'll simply say that if I am confused, I can't imagine how patient feel!
    My question is: is there a maximum dose of Lantus or detimir, or do you just keep increasing the dose until the blood glucose is within target parameters?
    I have the same question regarding NPH.
    On a related note, what is the highest Lantus or NPH dose you have seen a patient on?
    TIA

  2. BostonFNP

    Quote from Pachinko
    I'm a new NP and picking my way through diabetes management. I'll simply say that if I am confused, I can't imagine how patient feel!
    My question is: is there a maximum dose of Lantus or detimir, or do you just keep increasing the dose until the blood glucose is within target parameters?
    I have the same question regarding NPH.
    On a related note, what is the highest Lantus or NPH dose you have seen a patient on?
    TIA You are approaching the question wrong.
    What's the patient's starting A1C? Staring oral meds? Starting BeAM? Patient's weight?
    There really isn't any primary care need for NPH use.
    Sent from my iPhone.

  3. Pachinko

    Thanks, but I think you're reading too much into the question. I am familiar with the protocols of diabetes treatment, when to start insulin, using oral meds, etc. It simply is, is there a maximum dose of Lantus that can be prescribed, as there is for other meds (including metformin).
    I work in an underserved area, so NPH is still very much a part of the mix (unfortunately). UpToDate lists it as a viable alternative and cost effective. I at least have to trial patients on NPH before moving them to Lantus.

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