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Does Alcohol And Tobacco Use Increase The Risk Of Diabetes?

Yes, alcohol and tobacco use may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Alcohol Although studies show that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may actually lower the risk of diabetes, the opposite is true for people who drink greater amounts of alcohol. Moderate alcohol use is defined as one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger. Too much alcohol may cause chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can impair its ability to secrete insulin and potentially lead to diabetes. Tobacco Tobacco use can increase blood sugar levels and lead to insulin resistance. The more you smoke, the greater your risk of diabetes. People who smoke heavily — more than 20 cigarettes a day — have almost double the risk of developing diabetes compared with people who don’t smoke. Continue reading >>

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  1. T1VanBC

    I'm not drunk, I'm diabetic.

    I carry a card in my wallet that says "I'm not drunk, I'm diabetic. If you see me behaving strangely please call 911 and ." I've always found that card kind of silly because:
    1. maybe I AM drunk (OK, I don't drink that much, but some diabetics might), and
    2. if I see someone who looks drunk I'm not going to walk up to them and start riffling through their wallet.
    I digress - back to my story of Christmas Eve, when that card may have come in handy. I went to see Cirque du Soleil with my family and during the second act I noticed symptoms of a hypo coming on. My symptoms seem odd sometimes; that night I was compulsively curling my toes. I opened my purse to grab my glucose tablets and that's the last clear, sensible thought I had, but I must have given up my search for glucose. When the performers were taking their bows I was seeing double and thought to myself "hmmm, I wish I had brought my glasses." Luckily I was with people who could help me. I got my sugar and my husband took me across the street to a cafe for something more substantial to eat. I still wasn't recovered, I was having difficulty walking and when we sat down I couldn't shake the feeling that I was waiting for something, but I didn't know what. I kept checking my phone; taking it out of my purse, looking at it, putting it away, and repeating those actions again. My husband got me a cookie with icing and told me to eat it. I thought that was stupid and he should know better, but I started to eat it. I took superhuman effort to break off a piece and get it to my mouth. The double vision was gone but I still couldn't focus. I was concentrating so hard on that damn cookie it must have looked like I was trying to break it apart with my mind. I was behaving like I was really, really drunk.
    I've only had a few hypos in my life that were that bad. Recovery from those ones is weird; one moment I'm completely out of it, the next I'm clear headed and wondering what I've done. Kind of like waking up from a bender, right?
    Another lesson learned. For the last few years I've been thinking it would be a good idea to go on CGM over the holiday season. I haven't done it because I hate the sensors. Seriously hate them. With a passion. I've got one on now and I'll use it until it dies, and next year I'm putting one on at the beginning of December!

  2. WASHED OUT

    Isn't it Ironic how normal people take alcohol and drugs to feel drunk, and diabetics take drugs to feel normal. When you get right down to it , I think more normal people die from abuse, than diabetics do from glycemic events. But it is a very good idea for every diabetic person to have something to be identified by bystanders, officials and medical personnel. We knew before my grandfather when he was going to low and about to have what he called a bad spell. You could see it in his eyes and his actions, but he didn't know it.

  3. Byersjulie

    Great idea actually, sometimes stress defeats our efforts of doing everything else right to keep our counts in check. When some people may think I'm drunk, my boyfriend would say, have you checked your blood. I think I may put one of those in with my insurance and registration cards.

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