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How Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Diabetes And Raising Blood Sugars?

Small amounts of alcohol will not hinder your control over diabetes but there are some precautions that diabetics should take to make sure that alcohol can be safely enjoyed. If you are diabetic and are currently treated with either tablets or insulin the main risk of consuming alcohol is hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia, which most diabetics already know, is when your blood sugar level drops down to an unsafe level. A major problem with drinking alcohol as a diabetic is that other people will have trouble knowing whether you are experiencing hypoglycemia or if you are simply intoxicated. Many of the early warning signs of hypoglycemia are mimicked by alcohol and friends may not seek help for you until you lose consciousness, and maybe not even then. Another problem with a diabetic consuming alcohol is the potential weight gain. Gaining weight while battling diabetes will cause a diabetic to lose control over their disease. There is also the lapse in judgment that comes with drinking. impaired judgment could lead to you eating a whole bunch of things you shouldn’t be eating. Moderation, awareness and good judgment are key when a diabetic is consuming alcohol. It’s good to remember th Continue reading >>

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  1. J.Sankaran

    Though the Glycemic load is low , it has calories . It will also affect body metabolism
    Alcoholic beverage, beer, regular, BUDWEISER Nutrition Facts & Calories
    Effects of Alcohol on Diabetes
    Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes:
    While moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes .
    Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
    Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.
    Alcoholic drinks often have a lot of calories, making it more difficult to lose excess weight .
    Alcohol may also affect your judgment or willpower , causing you to make poor food choices.
    Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin .
    Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels .
    Alcohol may increase blood pressure .

    Alcohol can cause flushing, nausea , increased heart rate , and slurred speech.
    These may be confused with or mask the symptoms of low blood sugar .
    Diabetes and Alcohol Consumption Dos and Don'ts
    People with diabetes who drink should follow these alcohol consumption guidelines:
    Do not drink more than two drinks of alcohol in a one-day period if you are a man, or one drink if you are a woman. (Example: one alcoholic drink = 5-ounce glass of wine, 1 1/2-ounce "shot" of liquor or 12-ounce beer).
    Drink alcohol only with food.
    Drink slowly.
    Avoid "sugary" mixed drinks, sweet wines, or cordials.
    Mix liquor with water, club soda, or diet soft drinks.

    Always wear a medical alert piece of jewelry that says you have diabetes.
    Consult your Doctor !!

    Source : Diabetes and Alcohol

  2. 1mg

    If you are a diabetic, alcohol may increase or reduce blood sugar levels. Alcohol has a high calorie count. One drink of alcohol is considered to be as rich as two meals rich in fats.
    Some of the ill effects that alcohol has on those with diabetics are:
    · When taken in moderate quantity, it increases blood sugar levels; but if taken in excessive quantity, it can cause rapid drop of blood sugar levels
    · Alcohol is known to increase acid secretion in the stomach, thus it increases your appetite and results in over-eating, which can affect blood sugar levels
    · Since alcohol has high amount of calories, it is difficult to lose weight along with alcohol intake
    · Alcohol interferes with oral medications (oral hypoglycemic drugs) and insulin
    · When taken in excess, it causes symptoms of narcosis i.e. slurred speech, flushing of face, increased heart rate; which can be confused for drop in blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia
    · Alcohol affects liver and increases triglyceride levels of the blood, whereas uncontrolled diabetes also causes increase in triglyceride levels and both can damage the liver
    · In some cases, like binge drinking, pancreatitis may occur, which can damage pancreas and its capacity to produce insulin
    Thus, for a diabetic, alcohol intake can result in further damage to the body, especially liver and pancreas and in turn can further reduce production of insulin. This can be even more harmful as patients who are on oral medications may require external insulin for controlling their blood sugar levels. Thus, it is advisable to avoid alcohol, if you are a diabetic.
    Dr. Varun Gupta

    The Editorial Team, 1mg Technologies

  3. Ali Ahmed

    No ,It would make your diabetes more worse as alcohol contains sugar and other thing is your liver doesn't like alcohol who is basically responsible for controlling many things in your body .

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