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Alcohol & Diabetes: What You Should Know

Having diabetes does not mean you have to give up alcohol – not if your diabetes is well controlled. In fact, adults with diabetes should follow the same guidelines as the general public. Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Have a small meal or snack before drinking. Limit alcohol to 1 to 2 drinks per day. However, there are some potential risks to keep in mind. Hypoglycemia When diabetes is well controlled, blood glucose levels are not significantly affected by the moderate use of alcohol. But drinking more than three drinks per day over time is associated with worsening glucose control. If you take insulin or other diabetes medication that increases the amount of insulin your body makes, you may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia – also called low blood sugar. Under normal circumstances when blood glucose levels drop the liver responds by producing glucose. The liver stores glucose to raise your blood sugar if it drops too low. If the liver has depleted its glucose stores and can’t make more glucose right away, blood glucose levels can drop. “Alcohol makes it harder for your liver to make glucose which could make someone’s blood glucose very low, leading to da Continue reading >>

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  1. MacQ

    OK, told I was looking a pre-diabetes 10 weeks ago. Since then, I have followed a strict, low glycemic index diet and have not cheated once (have lost over 30 pounds too, I might add). I'm feeling great.
    Anyway, my spouse wants to go to a brew fest next weekend. We both love beer (she likes IPAs and I'm a Porter and Stout kind of guy). I've heard that drinking beer lowers blood glucose and I've heard that it raises blood glucose...conflicting info. Any advice? Mind you, all I wish to do is sample (a sample is only 3-4 oz.) the porters and stouts I've never tasted before...not looking to tie one on!

  2. adiantum

    I certainly would not miss out on such a festival if I liked beer.
    These events usually only come once a year & are great fun.
    Google the beers you are likely to sample if possible.
    You say you follow a low GI diet, may I suggest you go low carb for the days before & after the festival.
    Cheese, meats, eggs & nuts with leafy greens without grains flour etc
    Just have a great time.

  3. gabrielo

    You might try exploring how beer effects you by testing after drinking a sample.

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