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4 Tips On Drinking When You Have Diabetes

If your doctor's given you permission to drink, follow these guidelines to do it responsibly Drink with care Is there room for alcohol in your diet if you have diabetes? Perhaps, if you are particularly vigilant about its use. The first problem with alcohol is that it lowers blood sugar levels due to its effect on the liver. The second is that it is high in calories-almost as high as fat-but with few nutrients. If you get the green light from your health-care team that it is okay to drink on occasion, here are some useful tips. Pair alcohol with food Food acts like a sponge, helping to absorb some of the alcohol and in turn minimizing its effect on blood sugar. Likewise, sip your drink slowly to further slow absorption. A person with diabetes should always eat carbohydrate foods when drinking alcohol, and never drink on an empty stomach. Don’t drink when your blood sugar is low By taking consistent daily blood sugar readings, you will be in a much better position to make an intelligent decision about whether to drink. If your blood sugar is already low, there is no need to cause more problems by drinking. Moderation is best There are fewer risks to your diabetes, and possible ben Continue reading >>

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  1. Scotdog01

    Can I drink alcohol with Diabetes Insipidus?

    I have DI and I have heard rumors that you can't drink alcohol with DI and honestly I want to be able to drink. Can anyone fill me in with some info on this?

  2. YO yodge93

    Hello Scotdog01. I think 'moderation' is the word here! I am on Insulin and Diabetic tablets - so the most I drink is 3 glasses of Red Wine at any one time. Happy New Year To You. Regards, William.

  3. SC Scotdog01

    I appreciate your response but my disease, diabetes insipidus, is completely unrelated to any kind of sugar diabetes. Mine deals with the anti-diuretic hormone in my pituitary gland and does not affect my blood sugar or insulin at all. Again, thanks for your response.
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