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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. Britt Jansson

    1-2 servings of alcohol consumed with protein and fat to prevent blood sugar from plummeting when the alcohol hits the liver should be fine. As always, test and be prepared to treat any hypo.
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  2. Donna Walsh

    Alcohol lowers bloody sugars this is why everyone after drinks ends up in the late night take away. Diabetics can drink but not on empty stomach and not go overboard. I guess type 2 should reduce intake due to calorie contents.

  3. Anna Sáez de Tejada

    Alcohol turns into sugar, so they are not supposed to.
    My father, diabetes type I, negociated with the doctor and now he's allowed to drink 1 beer or small glass of wine a day.

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