What Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol

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Drink in Moderation Most people with diabetes can enjoy some alcohol. Rules are the same as for everyone else: one drink per day for women; two for men. But you need to know how alcohol affects your blood sugar. A sugary drink might spike your blood sugar. But if you drink on an empty stomach or take certain meds, your levels could swing too low. A 12-ounce beer has about 15 grams of carbohydrates, compared to 3 to 6 grams in light beer. Also, “light” and “low carb” are pretty much the same thing -- and also your best bet. Be careful with craft beers. Most have twice the alcohol and calories as regular beer. Some research says wine (red or white) may help your body use insulin better and may even make you less likely to get type 2 diabetes in the first place. It may also have heart benefits, to boot! Moderation is the key as too much alcohol can cause hypoglycemia. A standard 5-ounce serving has about 120 calories, nearly all of which come from alcohol, not carbs. Recipes vary, but depending on the fruit and juices involved, this drink may have as much sugar as a regular soda. Instead of sangria, go with one glass of dry red or white wine. Those only have about 4 grams of c Continue reading >>

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  1. renhab12

    diabetes and high blood pressure

    saw a video with 3 dr's talking about diabetes . and they said all their db. patients had h.b.p. as well. do you think that h.b.p. causes d.b.
    or vice versa. also was wondering why 6.5 ac1 is considered diabetes and lifelong and 6.4 pre. and preventable . any thoughts

  2. furball64801

    That might be metabolic syndrome do a read on that.

  3. STMahlberg

    The body, normally, is a fine tuned machine. So, if one things gets out of whack it effects other areas of the body. I know that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides can wreak all sorts of havoc even without having diabetes.
    I have type 2 diabetes and I have high-blood pressure. Did the diabetes cause the high blood pressure? For me it's rather doubtful. When I was younger, I have an equal number of years that I didn't take care of myself and ate poorly as I do, in which I did eat low-carb and exercised extensively daily.
    Then I got hurt and was barely able to walk, let alone exercise anymore. Then I turned to food again for comfort a couple years later, I get dx'ed.

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