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Beer And Health: Nine Questions Answered

In honor of International Beer Day, an unofficial holiday that was observed on August 1, I thought I’d take the opportunity this week to focus on this well-loved beverage. Beer has been around for a long time. Evidence of beer dates back about 5,000 years (those ancient Sumerians surely knew how to have a good time). Archeologists have unearthed vessels from about 3,400 BC lined with beer residue. And the ancient Egyptians enjoyed beer as part of their daily lives — even children drank this bubbly brew. What is beer? According to the website A Perfect Pint, beer is an alcoholic beverage usually made from malted cereal grain such as barley that is flavored with hops (female flowers of the hop plant that impart a bitter flavor) and brewed by fermentation with yeast. (The fermentation process is what creates the alcohol.) Some craft beers are made with grains such as rice, corn, or sorghum instead of barley. What are the different types of beer? There are two main types of beer: ales and lagers. The difference lies in the temperature at which the beer is fermented and the type of yeast used. Ales are generally fermented at warmer temperatures than lagers and involve top-fermenting Continue reading >>

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  1. User19575

    Beer and Blood Glucose

    A friend of mine said that her husband is a type 2 put on meds. Doctor said for him to stop drinking beer, so he did for about maybe 3-6 months. His blood sugar keeps going up and down. He decided to start drinking beer again, maybe 6-8 beers a day. Now he is having the lowest blood sugar tests since being dx.
    He does test in the morning, take meds., eats breakfast, nothing else til dinner time.(except Beer)
    My friend has the question as to why is this happening of him having lower blood sugars drinking beer?
    PS) He has been having problems too (before starting beer again) where he has been shopping and getting disoriented and very spacey at least 2 times that she knows about because he was with her.
    Thanks for any comments.

  2. jwags

    Drikining alcohol shuts the liver down so it can clear the toxins out of your body. Your body cannot process any carbs you are eating. That is why alcoholics are sometimes malnourished. I don't think an occoassional beer is too bad but drinking all day is not a good diabetes managemnt strategy.

  3. kgordon

    Alcohol has a direct affect on the liver and the liver is part of the glucose control system. While the liver is processing the alcohol it doesn't release glucose nearly as well. This is important is because in between meals the liver is responsible for producing glucose. Our bodies in addition to uptaking glucose after meals also takes up glucose through out the course of the day. Insulin allows the absorption of glucose throughout the day dropping our BG. The liver responds to this decrease by producing glucose to prevent it from going to low. This is the glucose control system put very simply. Add alcohol and the liver can't produce glucose so BG's levels drop. This becomes more complex for diabetics using drugs that have a direct effect on insulin production or injecting insulin directly.
    Agree with Jeanne, alcohol is not a diabetes management strategy if that's what your friend is thinking. 6-8 beers a day is another whole problem.

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