Diabetes & Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can lead to serious low blood sugar reactions. Alcohol can also affect diabetic nerve damage, eye disease, and high blood triglycerides. You may wonder if drinking alcohol is safe for people with diabetes. If you drink alcohol, there are some things you need to know first about alcohol safety. Is it Safe to Drink Alcohol? Check with your doctor to make sure alcohol doesn’t interfere with your medications or complicate any of your medical conditions. Drinking alcohol can lead to serious low blood sugar reactions, especially if you take insulin or types of diabetes pills that stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas. Alcohol can also affect other medical conditions you may have, like diabetic nerve damage, diabetic eye disease, and high blood triglycerides. Get guidelines for alcohol use from your medical provider. How Much Alcohol Can I Drink? If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Limit your intake of alcohol to no more than one serving per day for women, and no more than two servings per day for men. One serving size of alcohol equals: 12 ounces of beer 5 ounces of wine 1½ ounces of distilled spirits (such as rum, whiskey, gin, etc.) Alcohol and Risk of Low Blood Sugar If you are managing your diabetes with diet and exercise alone, drinking alcohol can stil increase your risk of low blood sugars. And if you take insulin or types of diabetes pills that stimulate insulin production, drinking alcohol can lead to even more serious low blood sugar reactions. Normally, the liver releases glucose to maintain blood sugar levels. But when you drink alcohol, the liver is busy breaking the alcohol down, so it does a poor job of releasing glucose into the bloodstream. This can lead to a drop in blood sugar levels if you are drinking alco Continue reading >>
Type 2 Diabetes And Alcohol: Proceed With Caution
Alcohol can worsen diabetes-related nerve damage.(RON CHAPPLE STOCK/CORBIS)Hoping for a beer at the ball game, or a glass of wine with dinner? If you have type 2 diabetes, that's probably OK as long as your blood sugar is under control, you don't have any complications that are affected by alcohol (such as high blood pressure), and you know how the drink will affect your blood sugar, according to the American Diabetes Association. An alcohol-containing drink a day might even help your heart (though if you don't already drink, most experts say that's not a reason to start). In moderation, alcohol may cut heart disease risk According to a study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, women with type 2 diabetes who drank relatively small amounts of alcohol had a lower heart-disease risk than those who abstained. A second study found that men with diabetes had the same reduction in heart risk with a moderate alcohol intake as non-diabetic men. In general, the recommendations for alcohol consumption for someone with type 2 diabetes are the same as anyone else: no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women. (Make sure to measure: A drink serving is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor such as scotch, gin, tequila, or vodka.) People with diabetes who choose to drink need to take extra care keeping food, medications, alcohol, and blood sugars in balance. Janis Roszler, RD, a certified diabetes educator in Miami, Fla., recommends: Mixing alcoholic drinks with water or calorie-free diet sodas instead of sugary (and calorie- and carbohydrate-laden) sodas and other mixers. Once you have had your drink, switch to a non-alcoholic drink, such as sparkling water, for the rest of the evening. Make sure yo Continue reading >>
Slideshow: Diabetes-friendly Drinks And Cocktails
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 carbs. Avoid sweeter varieties, like flavored wines and dessert wines. One ounce of liquor, depending on the proof, has about the same amount of alcohol as 5 ounces of wine. While liquor is often carb-free, mixers like soda and juice can send blood sugar levels through the roof. To prevent a spike, mix your liquor with a calorie-free drink like water or seltzer. Sweet drinks like margaritas and mojitos don’t have to be off-limits. Use sugar-free mixers for margaritas and fresh fruit for daiquiris. And instead of pouring simple syrup into mojitos and martinis, try a natural sweetener like stev Continue reading >>
Tequila And Diabetes.
First of all : Alcohol is not good for your body. That is the disclaimer. And if you got diabetes and you want to drink some alcohol from time to time, please know what you can drink ! Beer and sweet white wine contains a lot of sugar. First your sugar will rise and when you are too drunk and sleeping, it is possible that your sugar level will drop very very low. This is one reason why I do not drink a lot of beer. Tequila got also alcohol and is made from agave. This is a plant and if you got 100% agave tequila (so not the distillate stuff) the sugars are there but different. Why did I start to drink tequila ? I only knew the tequila from the bar which were awful ! Even with the lemon and salt it was just gross. Then I read on the internet, ( where everything is true ) that tequila was not worse then drinking beer. In fact it had some positive points. I dont care if the facts are true or not and its better to have your OWN opinion about it. When I am speaking of Tequila I am meaning 100% agave tequila. Lucky it can be easily found in the USA and it is starting to be more and more available in the Netherlands. The sugars in Tequila dont have any calories ! 100% agave tequila contains agavin. This is made from the agave nectar and it is a sweetener. Because you cant digest it you wont get any calories ! Some scientist say that agavin can help reduce diabetes type 2, but I will not say that, because I did not find any prove of this saying. One tequila shot glass during or after dinner will makes your body productive to lower the glucose level. When you are over weighted you actually can loose weight with a moderate shot glass of tequila every day. You can shoot it or sip on it. I prefer to sip it so that you can taste it better. Of course I never use salt or lemon. That Continue reading >>
Alcohol And Diabetes: How Does It Affect Blood Sugar Levels?
For many people, a glass of alcohol here and there does not pose a problem. However, for those with health conditions, such as diabetes, alcohol can affect blood sugar levels and pose a health risk. Understanding what you are consuming and how alcohol influences blood glucose levels is particularly important for people with diabetes. Alcohol can interfere with blood sugar levels. People with diabetes should sip drinks slowly and not drink on an empty stomach. Alcohol and the body Alcohol is a depressant; it is classed as a "sedative-hypnotic drug" because it depresses the central nervous system. Every organ in the body can be affected by alcohol. Once consumed, it is rapidly absorbed by the stomach and small intestine and enters the bloodstream. In an average person, the liver can breaks down roughly one standard drink of alcohol per hour. Excess alcohol moves throughout the body. The amount not broken down by the liver is removed by the lungs,kidneys, and skin in urine and sweat. How alcohol affects a person's body depends on how much they consume. At low doses, alcohol can act as a stimulant - people may feel happy, or become talkative. Drinking too much alcohol, however, can impair the body. Alcohol and blood sugar levels A person's overall health plays a big role in how they respond to alcohol. People with diabetes or other blood sugar problems must be careful when consuming alcohol. Alcohol consumption can interfere with blood sugar as well as the hormones needed to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Frequent heavy drinkers can wipe out their energy storage in a few hours. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can reduce the overall effectiveness of insulin. This results in high blood sugar levels. Many people with alcoholic liver disease also have either gluc Continue reading >>
Can You Drink Alcohol If You Have Diabetes?
Q: My husband has diabetes and says it's OK to drink alcohol. Is that true? A: Alcohol poses several problems for people with diabetes. First, after an initial spike in blood sugar, alcohol causes that level to drop. Because being tipsy causes the same symptoms as low blood sugar (sleepiness and disorientation), your husband may not know his levels are low. Second, if he drinks alcohol while taking glucose-lowering medications, his blood sugar levels can drop to dangerous levels. Third, heavy alcohol use can aggravate some diabetes complications, including nerve and kidney disease. Encourage your husband to drink only at meals and only when his blood glucose is under control. Ask him to wear an ID explaining he has diabetes, in case people mistake his low blood sugar symptoms for drunkenness. Make sure he talks to his doctor about alcohol, so he can get personal advice. -- Elizabeth Bashoff, MD, staff physician with Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Continue reading >>
Diabetes And Alcohol: Do The Two Mix? (part 1)
A nice glass of Chianti…a cold beer on a hot summer day…celebrating with a flute of champagne. There are so many ways that alcohol is integrated into both everyday life and special occasions. Granted, not everyone drinks alcohol, but many people do. And when it comes to the question, "Can I drink alcohol if I have diabetes?" the answer is about as clear as that for "Is a low-carb diet good for diabetes?" In other words, the answer really is, "It depends!" It’s important to mention right off the bat that there are certainly many reasons why people should not drink alcohol. Some may be related to diabetes and some may be related to other reasons. Therefore, it’s important to discuss this issue with your health-care provider if you have any doubts or concerns. And if you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes or starting on a new medicine, it’s worthwhile bringing up the topic if your provider doesn’t. While you’d be hard-pressed to find any health organization actually recommending that you drink alcohol, you might take some comfort in knowing that the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and even the American Cancer Society agree that drinking alcohol in moderation is certainly not off-limits to most people. But back to diabetes and alcohol. What’s the concern here? And why should some people with diabetes not drink alcohol? To answer these questions, it’s helpful to understand a little bit about how alcohol is processed in the body. The body treats alcohol as a drug, not as a food product. This means that, when you drink any type of alcoholic beverage, your liver kicks into high gear, preparing itself to “detoxify” the body of this “poison” (I’m using these words for dramatic effect). Essentially, the liver has to metabo Continue reading >>
Tequila For Diabetes? Agave Plant Sweetener Cuts Blood Sugar Levels And Fuels Weight Loss
Tequila For Diabetes? Agave Plant Sweetener Cuts Blood Sugar Levels And Fuels Weight Loss Diabetic patients may find relief from their high blood glucose levels, and the overweight from their obesity, through a natural sweetener in the agave plant, a new study finds. Known as agavins, the plant-based sweeteners slow the stomach from emptying, boosting insulin production. Theyre also non-digestible, which means they act as a dietary fiber but cant elevate a persons blood sugar. While this inability to be broken down means some peoples digestive systems cant tolerate the sweetener, researchers are confident it can stimulate the growth of healthy microbes in the mouth and intestine. The research team presented their findings on Sunday at the American Chemical Societys 247th National Meeting, in Dallas. They found that, while agavins arent nearly as sweet as their artificial counterparts, they do a proficient job of reducing glucose levels in the blood. More hopefully, agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them, explained Dr. Mercedes G. Lpez, a researcher at the Centro de Investigacin y de Estudios Avanzados in Guanajuato, Mexico. Lpez and her colleagues tested agavins on mice as part of their normal diet. By and large, the mice that were given the sweetener ate less, lost weight, and showed lower blood glucose levels than both the control mice and those fed other sweeteners, such as sucrose, fructose, glucose, aspartame, and agave syrup. Future studies will need to show whether this success translates into human models. One thing Lpez emphasized at the conference was the difference between agavins and high-fructose corn syrup the 21st century agro-enemy thats often found as a substitute for good old Continue reading >>
Tequila Plant Is Possible Sweetener For Diabetics — Helps Reduce Blood Sugar, Weight
Note to journalists: Please report that this research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. DALLAS, March 16, 2014 — A sweetener created from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels for the 26 million Americans and others worldwide who have type 2 diabetes and help them and the obese lose weight, researchers said here today. The main reason it could be valuable, they explained, is that agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant, are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fiber, so they would not raise blood glucose. Their report was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. Being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels, it continues through Thursday. “We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin,” said Mercedes G. López, Ph.D. GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1) is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, thereby stimulating production of insulin. She added, “Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them.” In addition, agavins, like other fructans, which are made of the sugar fructose, are the best sugars to help support growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines, she said. López, who is with Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, also noted that agavins can help people feel fuller, which could help them eat less. Agavins contain fructoses, which begs the qu Continue reading >>
Overweight Or Have Type Ii Diabetes? Tequila May Be What The Doctor Ordered
Overweight or Have Type II Diabetes? Tequila May be What the Doctor Ordered Just came across the headline. That if you're overweight or have Type II diabetes, a shot or two of tequila could be good for you. Study: Drinking Tequila May Be Beneficial To Those Who Are Overweight Or HaveDiabetes Yep. It got my attention. Now, we've heard that a glass or two of red wine is a good idea and heart smart. Seems that a drink or two of Tequila could be good for you too! According to usfinancepost.com American Chemical Society (ACS) released a study last Sunday that suggests there may be a natural sweetener that can reverse type 2 diabetes and aid in weight loss.The report named, Agavins as Potential Novel Sweeteners for Obese and Diabetic People, found that during a study with lab mice, the main ingredient found in tequila agavins - was able to lower insulin levels in those with diabetes and shrink the waistlines of overweight mice. The study suggests that the reason for such drastic health improvements was because unlike glucose, fructose, and sucrose, agavins are fibrous and cant be absorbed by the body. For this reason it also helps to lower blood sugar levels instead of raising it. Hey, who knew! If you were stocking up for the basketball games, or were just looking to change it up a bit, or watching your weight, ask for tequila! Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Patron) Continue reading >>
Can Tequila Treat Diabetes?
Tequila Treats Diabetes? I'm starting out with one of those headlines that brings a smile to my lips because it sounds so implausible: Scientists from the research center of the Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato, Mexico, have found that the agave plant, which just happens to be the main ingredient in making tequila, may have value in treating diabetes. Experiments at the CINVESTAV research center found that a diet high in fructans from agave could help increase bone mass (and prevent osteoporosis) and stimulate GLP-1, a hormone that stimulates insulin release, according to Dr. Mercedes Lopez, the head of the research team. Now for the bad news: you can't get this healthy benefit from drinking a lot of tequila since the process of making the liquor destroys the fructans. Read more about this study here. Type 2 Diabetes Medications: A Study on Lowering A1c Levels The April 24, 2010, issue of The Lancet has an article titled "Liraglutide versus sitagliptin for patients with type 2 diabetes who did not have adequate control with metformin: a 26-week, randomized, parallel-group, open-label trial" by Richard E. Pratley, MD et al. This was a research project with office-treated patient participants from the United States, Europe, and Canada. The participants were followed for 3 months and were randomly given metformin and either liraglutide (marketed in the US as Victoza) or sitagliptin (marketed in the US as Januvia) to help lower hemoglobin A1c levels. The beginning A1c levels varied from 7.5% to 10.00% in participants, who were 18 to 80 years old. The researchers found that patients did better on the liraglutide; however, 21% to 17% reported nausea on this medication. On the plus side, they functioned with more controlled hypoglycemia events with only 5% reporting minor h Continue reading >>
Asknadia: Safe Alcoholic Drinks For Diabetics
Is a low-sugar drink such as San Miguel light regarded as a safe alcoholic drink for type 2 diabetics? George Dear George: Your question is a perennial: Where do alcoholic beverages fit in to the life of a type 2? Is the best answer one that advises type 2s to abstain rather than run the risks that too much alcohol consumption generates? I personally think that there’s room in type 2s’ lives for some alcohol consumption—such as San Miguel Light—which I’ll explain below. But first, let’s look at the reasons why alcohol is not wholeheartedly accepted as part of a type 2’s lifestyle. There’s a hierarchy of carbohydrate content in alcoholic beverages: Liquor (vodka, whiskey, tequila, gin, etc.) has no carbohydrates Wine has some carbohydrates in it Beer, ale, and malt liquors have the highest number of carbs among alcoholic drinks Most type 2s can tell you that even though beer and wine have carbohydrates, their alcohol content can delay the liver’s manufacture of glucose as it processes the alcohol. The result is an often deceptive low blood glucose reading, which might lead the unaware think that alcohol is a friend when it comes to blood sugar control. But delaying the manufacture of glucose is nowhere near the same as achieving control via the pleasant consumption of alcohol. It’s a practice that can backfire: Alcohol’s effect in lowering blood sugar can be harmful if BG numbers drop too much—hypoglycemia is never something to take lightly Diabetes is associated with increased risk of liver disease. Adding the burden of metabolizing alcohol only increases that risk. The kidneys, too, work extra hard to process alcohol. Low numbers can entice a drinker into overdoing alcohol. After all, if a little has such a good effect on blood glucose numbers, Continue reading >>
Tequila Ingredient Could Help With Weight Loss, Diabetes
email Print Article AA The key ingredient in tequila could help fight type 2 diabetes and obesity, according to a wonderful new study. The miracle substance is agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant. The reason it makes a perfect sweetener is it is both non-digestible and acts as a dietary fiber, so it won't raise blood glucose levels - and could actually lower them for the 26 million Americans and others worldwide who have type 2 diabetes. The report was presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas last Sunday. "We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin," said Mercedes G. López, Ph.D. GLP-1 is a hormone that slows the stomach from emptying, thereby stimulating the production of insulin. She added, "Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them." In addition, agavins, like other fructans, which are made of the sugar fructose, are the best sugars to help support the growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines, she said. López, who is with Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato in Guanajuato, Mexico, also noted that agavins can help people feel fuller, which could help them eat less. Agavins are not the same as agave nectar or syrup, however, which have more in common with high-fructose corn syrup, López said. Agavins are the only carbohydrates used to produce tequila. But because the agavins are converted to ethanol following cooking and fermentation of the agave pines, agavins are not found in the finished product, so unfortunately, tequila is not a health tonic. At least not the weight-loss kind. In the st Continue reading >>
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 >>
Tequila Could Help With Weight Loss And Diabetes
There are ups and downs in life - sometimes they come neatly packaged together. If you had to cite particular examples of the latter, you'd probably think of how the foods that taste the best appear to make you fatter. It's awful. You want to look half decent in those snaps on the beach come summertime, but you also want to stuff your face with greasy chicken, pizza and ice cream. We're also force-fed bollocks that the likes of greasy chicken is actually 'bad food', whereas salads, kale, avocado and other green things are called 'good food'. Why does it taste so shit in comparison, then? Shite food, if you ask me. It doesn't help either that all the best alcoholic drinks seem to be full of calories, which effectively means every Saturday night you're drinking the equivalent of four KFCs, only to actually eat another KFC when you're hungover the next day. If that's the sort of thing you worry about, then here's a tip: drink tequila. A-fucking-rriba. According to a study, a key ingredient to the spirit can help with weight loss and controlling blood sugars for diabetics. And you have lemon or lime with it - according to my calculations, that makes it part of your five-a-day. The Mexican delicacy is made with the agave plant, which contains sugars called agavins - these contribute to lowering levels of blood sugar, as the Daily Mail reports. Researchers who presented these findings at the American Chemical Society in Dallas say that the plant could be used to create a sweetener to aid diabetics, as well as assisting with weight loss, but are they not missing the trick here? Make tequila a prescription medicine and let's all have a knees-up. "We believe that agavins have a great potential as light sweeteners since they are sugars, highly soluble, have a low glycemic index, Continue reading >>