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Alcohol And Blood Sugar

Alcohol And Blood Sugar

Tweet Alcohol can have a confusing effect on blood sugar levels because it prevents the liver from producing glucose. One consequence of this is that hypoglycemia can occur after a night of drinking. As a result, people with diabetes are often advised to eat something to compensate for the expected drop in blood sugar levels. Alcohol does affect different people in different ways so, if in doubt, test your blood glucose to see how alcohol affects you. Some people may find it all too easy to let diabetes drift out of their mind when having alcohol and not worry too much about sugar levels. However, it is advisable to test blood sugar levels whenever possible to get an idea of how different drinks affect your sugar levels. Beers Regular lagers tend to typically vary in carbohydrate content from about 10 to 15g per pint. Some ‘light’ beers may be better and have less than 10g of carbs per pint and some with less 5g of carbs. Pilsners are thought to have a relatively benign effect on blood sugar, however, just as with any drink amongst this list, it’s best if you can test to be sure what effect they’re having on your blood glucose levels. Stouts, Porters and Guinness tend to be on the higher end of the carbohydrate spectrum amongst beers and can have upwards of 20g of carbohydrate per pint. There are a wide variety of real ales covering pale ales through to porters. Real ales will typically have a carbohydrate content of 10 to 20g of carbs per pint. Certain real ales may be given additional flavouring with extra sugar or honey so be prepared for the effect to vary with different beers. Wines, fortified wines and champagnes Red wine generally receives good press thanks to the certain chemical properties (polyphenol and resveratrol compounds) it contains. As you’d e Continue reading >>

Beer And Health: Nine Questions Answered

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 yeasts that rise to the surface of the liquid (lagers are made by a bottom-fermenting yeast). Ales come in a number of varieties, including India pale ale (IPA), Irish red ale, Flanders red ale, and Dunkelweizen. Lager varieties include Märzenbier, Munich Dunkel, and Doppelbock. How much alcohol is in beer? The alcohol content of beer typically ranges from roughly 2% to 12% but can vary considerably depending on the type. Most beers are, on average, about 5% alcohol. Alcohol content is based on volume. Light beer, by the way, is beer that contains less alcohol and/or fewer calories. What i Continue reading >>

Beer And Diabetes: Do They Mix?

Beer And Diabetes: Do They Mix?

Summer is almost here and recently I’ve been to some gatherings where food was being grilled and beer was being served. I love beer. I wanted to have a beer. Or two. Or three. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, although I gave up carbs easily, I didn’t give up beer. (What can I do? I’m half Irish). During the winter I don’t actively miss beer, but this time of year – the barbeques, picnics, weekends on the beach – they all scream ice cold beer. And my brains screams back beer and diabetes don’t mix. A few months ago, after completing a race, I went out for a drink with a few of the guys I ran with. Everyone ordered a beer, and I, after many months of not having any because I know that beer and diabetes do not mix well, decided to go with the flow. I ordered a pint of Stella. I figured my body would have an easier time dealing with it after the race, and I also decided ahead of time that I would only have one. I enjoyed my cold beer. I really enjoyed it. And although I only had one, it felt like enough. I felt rewarded for the good race I had run. Some occasions demand a beer, despite diabetes, and this was one of them. The truth is that there are many occasions that call for a beer. Call me a quintessential (diabetic) male, if you must, but there’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day and watching a game, baseball, football, basketball or soccer. There also some meals I always associate with beer, like pizza, steak, burgers… But since being diagnosed with diabetes I’ve found drinking beer to be a challenge, one I don’t always feel like I win. On the day of the race I had my beer, bolused for it, and enjoyed having it, but when I started walking home (the bar was less than a mile from home) I got that feeling I get when my blood sugar goes i Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Beer: 4 Tips For Your Night Out

Diabetes And Beer: 4 Tips For Your Night Out

People with diabetes are accustomed to monitoring their food choices and portions. However, they often overlook some critical areas of their disease. One of these is alcohol consumption. The common way of thinking is that unless the individual is an alcoholic, drinking beer isn't going to have a negative impact on their disease. But is that really true about diabetes and beer? Can even one beer alter blood glucose levels? The short answer is yes. Alcohol can lower glucose levels, whether you have one beer or 10. This can be dangerous for individuals who are taking insulin, since combining insulin with beer can create a hypoglycemic episode. Social drinking can be even more dangerous because it's easier to lose sight of how much alcohol you are consuming until your blood sugar drops too low. Some may argue that only drinking a few beers isn't going to cause enough damage to warrant concern. In reality, anytime blood sugar levels get too high or too low, your body will be impacted. Nevertheless, you don't have to give up drinking entirely. Here are four tips on how to drink responsibly. 1. Eat while you drink Remember: alcohol remains in your system longer than glucose from food, so you should only consume beer with food. Drinking beer with a meal helps slow the rate of alcohol absorption and offers some protection against sugar spikes or dips. 2. Try a light beer, but be aware Light beer or brands that are low carb can help a little, but they don't entirely solve the problem. Beer is loaded with sugar, so remember that you need to treat it like a sugar-laden dessert. Check out this table of popular beers and their alcohol and carb content to help you plan ahead. 3. Know your meds Those who use insulin aren't the only ones who need to be aware of their beer consumption. T Continue reading >>

The Beer And Blood Sugar Effect

The Beer And Blood Sugar Effect

Yes, I have type 1 diabetes and I can drink beer. In fact, I'm a craft beer lover who's pretty passionate about trying new brews and supporting my local beer makers (who invent awesomeness in a mug). The fact that I'm pancreatically-challenged changes nothing about that. Over the years, I've lost count of the times I've heard folks wonder whether PWDs (people with diabetes) are able to drink anything, particularly beer. And I've been amazed to meet medical professionals who take the lazy way out and just tell patients that any drop of alcohol is off-limits. This very directive came my way early in the year, from a general practitioner who clearly didn't make the cut when I was searching for a new family physician. Obviously, I'm not a doctor. But in my 16 years of legally drinking countless beers, I would like to think I've learned a thing or two -- particularly that YES, you can and should be able to enjoy beer with diabetes if you want to, of course doing so responsibly in the context of society and your health. Until this past summer, I never thought too deeply about the specifics of beer influencing my diabetes management. Sure, I knew it raises my blood sugar in the short-term, and can increase my hypo risk over the ensuing hours and next day. But that's about it. The general information available online isn't particularly helpful, either. Try searching for "beer and diabetes," or toss "blood sugar" into the Google mix, and you'll find boring, cautious bits of information that are certainly not practical. You might find general info that a light beer or "regular" 12-ounce beer has a certain number of carbs, but it's quickly followed by "don't drink more than X servings and to talk to your doctor." Of course, beer affects different people in different ways, so it's Continue reading >>

Low-carb Alcohol – The Best And The Worst Drinks

Low-carb Alcohol – The Best And The Worst Drinks

What are the best and the worst alcoholic drinks on a low-carb diet? First the obvious: Alcohol is not a weight-loss aid. The more alcohol you drink, the more weight loss may slow down, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else. With that said, there is a huge difference between different kinds of drinks – some are pretty ok, some are disasters. The short version: wine is much lower in carbs than beer, so most low carbers choose wine. Pure spirits like whiskey and vodka contain zero carbs, but watch out for sweet drinks – they may contain massive amounts of sugar. For more detail check out this guide, the lower-carb options are to the left. Wine and beer The numbers represent grams of carbs per a typical serving – for example one glass of wine or one draft beer. Wine Even on a strict low-carb diet (below 20 grams per day) you can probably have a glass of wine fairly regularly. And on a moderate low-carb diet, wine is not a problem. Please note that dry wines contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per glass. The other carbs constitute miscellaneous remains from the fermentation process, like glycerol, that should have a minimal effect on blood sugar or insulin levels. Using the number 2 grams of carbs per glass of dry wine is conservative. All dry wines fit well within a low-carb diet. Sweet dessert wines, however, contain a lot more sugar. Beer Beer is a problem on low carb. There’s a reason people talk about “beer bellies”. There are tons of rapidly digestible carbs in beer – it’s been called liquid bread. For that reason, unfortunately, most beers are a disaster for weight control and should be avoided on low carb. Note that the amount of carbs in beer vary depending on the brand. There are a few possible options on low carb. Check out our low-c Continue reading >>

Beer And Diabetes

Beer And Diabetes

If you enjoy beer, your options are plentiful. When you have diabetes, however, there are concerns beyond which beer to choose. You may wonder whether drinking beer poses a health risk or might make your blood sugar more difficult to control. While there are potential blood sugar problems associated with drinking beer, many people with diabetes are able to safely drink in moderation -- meaning no more than 12 ounces of beer daily for women and no more than 24 ounces for men. Talk with your doctor to determine whether drinking beer is safe for you. Video of the Day Beer is made from cereal grains, making it a source of carbohydrates. A 12-ounce serving of regular beer typically contains 10 to 15 g of carbohydrates, and light beer contains about 5 g. As these carbohydrates are digested, your blood sugar may rise. The increase in blood sugar relates to the carbohydrate content of the beer, although other factors are involved. Long-term, excessive alcohol intake can cause high blood sugar by damaging your pancreas and its ability to make the blood-sugar-lowering hormone insulin. Falling Blood Sugar The carbohydrates in beer can cause an initial rise in your blood sugar, but the alcohol content can lead to low blood sugar 2 to 12 hours later. This occurs primarily because alcohol inhibits liver production of blood sugar, or glucose. When the supply of stored glucose is exhausted, your blood sugar may fall. This is most likely when glucose stores are low from exercise or not eating enough, and a large quantity of alcohol is consumed. You are more vulnerable to this effect if you take insulin or pills that stimulate insulin release. Low blood sugar is less likely if you eat food when drinking alcohol. Beer and other alcoholic beverages can have mixed effects on your health. A Continue reading >>

5 Things You Need To Know About Drinking And Diabetes

5 Things You Need To Know About Drinking And Diabetes

Having a drink at a barbecue or the cottage is a popular way to unwind and relax on the long weekend, but for people living with diabetes there are some serious risks involved. Joanne Lewis, dietitian and Manager of Diabetes Research for the Canadian Diabetes Association, sat down with Current to discuss some facts and tips for drinking and diabetes. Whether it’s counting your calories or making the right beverage choices, here are five things every person with diabetes needs to know: 1) Alcohol Alone Won’t Raise Your Blood-Sugar: Although it’s a common misconception, Lewis says alcohol in itself won’t raise your blood sugar. It’s often the added sugars found in coolers, liqueurs and soda that can raise your levels. “A lot of people are under the misconception that it can raise your blood sugar, and so what they might do is they might have a drink and not eat, because they’re thinking, ‘ok, the alcohol is going to raise my sugar’. “But if they’re taking insulin or certain oral medications, they can actually end up with a low blood sugar, because alcohol affects the liver that way. The liver gets busy detoxifying the alcohol to where it’s not producing the sugar it needs to produce to get into the blood to keep everything leveled,” she says. 2) Choose Your Beverage Wisely: You may be longing for a tangy margarita, or tempted to try a mixed drink with sugar sodas, but the reality is these drinks will raise your blood sugar levels. Lewis says if you have to drink, dry wines (including Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio), beer or straight liquor is less likely to raise your blood sugar. 3) Beer and Carbs are Complicated: Carbohydrate counting can often be as much a concern as blood sugar levels. Lewis says experts no longer count alco Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes And Alcohol: Proceed With Caution

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 >>

Drinking With Diabetes Chart

Drinking With Diabetes Chart

We’re living in something of a golden age of beer in the United States, with an estimated 2,700 craft breweries in the country alone. And beer options are abundant—from your traditional pilsners and ales, to lambic beer, imperial IPAs, Russian stouts, and a litany of Belgian wheat beers. Your social life doesn’t need to stop when you have Type 1 diabetes, and neither does your love of beer. That’s right, if you feel the urge to drink up, go right ahead, just consider our advice for safe Type 1 beer consumption. Drinking Must-dos Eat before you drink – drinking on an empty stomach can send you especially low, since alcohol has a tendency to spike BGLs high then drop them low. This is due to the liver processing the alcohol. For this reason, do not count alcohol carbs as food carbs. The elevated carb content in beer, compared to thither alcohols, can lead to an even greater spike and plummet scenario. Hydrate! Drink a glass of water between beers or an other calorie-free option (e.g. diet soda or iced tea). Hydration is key to avoiding a hangover as well as helping you stay in better range. Test you BGLs frequently – before going out, while you’re out, and before going home to bed. This continuous monitoring will help you manage the unpredictable numbers beer can give you. Make sure you’re with someone who knows you’re Type 1 – if you exhibit signs of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, they know how to assist you if need be. Remember that hypoglycemia has similar signs of drunkenness such as drowsiness and disorientation. Avoid drinking too much – stay mindful. When one drinks, the liver stops to break down and remove toxins, preventing the organ from doing all the other jobs it normally would, such as releasing stored glucose if your levels start to fal Continue reading >>

Alcohol And Your Diabetes At Christmas

Alcohol And Your Diabetes At Christmas

Easter time is a time for meeting with friends and family and inevitably involves food and drinks. It has been a good 15 weeks since the Christmas break with a little celebration at Patrick’s weekend in between. For many, Easter is the end of lent and a return to more fun and less rules / “sacrifices”. Enjoy the Easter. Here is a quick refresher on healthy guidelines around alcohol What is a standard Drink? Alcohol should only be taken in moderation World Health Organisation define a binge as six or more standard drinks in one short session. Low-risk guidelines are- 11 standard drinks per week for women (1.5 bottles of wine approx) 17 standard drinks per week for men (8.5 pints of beer or 17 shots) binge drinking is warned against – a binge is three or more pints of beer or six or more pub measures of spirits in one sitting Aim to have 3-4 alcohol free days per week Visit www.drinkaware.ie to calculate your intake. Images courtesy of DrinkAware. Alcohol Guidelines for people with Diabetes The general advice on alcohol consumption for a person with diabetes is the same as that for everyone. However, there are some precautions a person with diabetes should take, if your diabetes is diet controlled: Choose ordinary varieties of beer or lager as opposed to the low sugar ones e.g. Satenbrau, Holsten Pils Avoid sweet drinks or liqueurs and use sugar free, diet or low calorie mixers Alternate an alcoholic drink with a low calorie mixer or sparkling water Remember that alcohol contains calories and these must be taken into account for overall food intake for the day If you have been recommended to reduce your weight, consider limiting your alcohol intake to special occasions Diabetes managed with medication or insulin For the person whose diabetes is treated with insuli Continue reading >>

Is There A Better Beer For Diabetes?

Is There A Better Beer For Diabetes?

Is There a Better Beer for Diabetes? This article is by no means an endorsement for consuming alcohol. Every person with diabetes should check with his or her healthcare professional about the use of alcohol. In addition to the effects of alcohol on diabetes control, including pot entially causing hypoglycemia, there are possible interactions with other medications. “I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow,” goes an old Tommy T tune. Many people with diabetes agree. “Life’s too short not to drink it!” said one woman with type 1 diabetes. Although some will drink as they please and “suffer the health consequences,” most people with diabetes-if they drink-drink responsibly, according to their responses on the Insulin-Pumpers Web site. Is There a Better Beer for Diabetes? Low-Carb Beer-The Latest Lower-Carb Phenomenon We’re used to the low-calorie “light” beers that entered the marketplace over 25 years ago. They were lower in calories than mainstream beers, and they were also inadvertently lower in carbohydrates. latest group of “light” beers, however, is confusing to consumers. Light beer today can mean many things. It might be lighter in color, calories, carbs or body. Labels on alcoholic beverages are not required to provide nutritional information unless they make nutritional claims, such as being a low-carb product. Most U.S. breweries do not disclose alcohol content on their labels, which can be critical to those with diabetes. In Arkansas, Budweiser Light discloses its alcohol content on the bottle but not the can. In Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Utah, beer can contain only 3.2 percent of alcohol by weight, while the rest of the country goes by 5 percent by volume. Interestingly, 3.2 percent alcohol by weigh equals about 4 percent alc Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Alcohol

Diabetes And Alcohol

If you have diabetes, drinking alcohol may cause your blood sugar to either rise or fall. Plus, alcohol has a lot of calories. If you drink, do it occasionally and only when your diabetes and blood sugar level are well-controlled. If you are following a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges. It is a good idea to check with your doctor to see if drinking alcohol is safe for you. Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes: While moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes. Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar. Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control. Alcoholic drinks often have a lot of calories, making it more difficult to lose excess weight. Alcohol may also affect your judgment or willpower, causing you to make poor food choices. Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin. Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels. Alcohol may increase blood pressure. Alcohol can cause flushing, nausea, increased heart rate, and slurred speech. These may be confused with or mask the symptoms of low blood sugar. People with diabetes who drink should follow these alcohol consumption guidelines: Do not drink more than two drinks of alcohol in a one-day period if you are a man, or one drink if you are a woman. (Example: one alcoholic drink = 5-ounce glass of wine, 1 1/2-ounce "shot" of liquor or 12-ounce beer). Drink alcohol only with food. Drink slowly. Avoid "sugary" mixed drinks, sweet wines, or cordials. Mix liquor Continue reading >>

What’s The Best Low Carb Beer For Diabetics

What’s The Best Low Carb Beer For Diabetics

Who needs to drink the best low carb beer, you ask? Weight watchers know full well that alcoholic drinks can increase their weight, not to mention the amount of fat in their body, hence they are looking for beers that are on the lighter side. This means that low carb beers are very much welcome to their list of drinks to consume since they do not have to worry about bloating midsection at all. Well, aside from those who are watching their weight, those who have been diagnosed with diabetes can also need low carb beer and can drink this beverage, but in moderation. One reason behind this is that low carb beers have fewer carbohydrates compared to regular beers. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you can drink several glasses of low carb beer especially when you have diabetes, but this is not so. It is important that you monitor your intake to avoid complications to your health. Low carb beer is an alcoholic beverage that is low in carbohydrate content. A typical beer has more than 10 grams of carbs in them depending on their brand, but these low carb beers are way below the expected number. Some say that the taste of the beer is significantly affected by the low carb while others barely register the difference. Of course, when you are looking for the best low carb beer, you will need to consider the rest of the ingredients too so that you will get the best one for your needs. There are varied brands of alcoholic drinks available today, but it is sometimes difficult to find one that has low carbohydrate content. The flavor of beers relies mostly on the carbohydrate it contains so you might be wondering if it is worth getting your hands on the best low carb beer for your diabetes. The good news is that there are beer makers who have seen the need to create l Continue reading >>

Can I Drink Light Beer?

Can I Drink Light Beer?

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Is there a beer we Type 2 can drink? Can you suggest one? I really want to have a beer, but they are almost pure glucose!!! Wife and I do fine with the high gravity low carb beers. If you go really low carb some of them have less alchohol which doesn't off set the carbs well. We drink Natural Light, low carb good alcohol content. Drank four of them last night FBG this am was 89. The alc will offset the carbs, so its a balancing act on which ones to drink. Got this link from another thread here on DF, works good Is there a beer we Type 2 can drink? Can you suggest one? I really want to have a beer, but they are almost pure glucose!!! Is there a beer we Type 2 can drink? Can you suggest one? I really want to have a beer, but they are almost pure glucose!!! If I'm drinking more than one or two I'll drink MGD 64 only 2.4 carbs My husband is also Type 2 and likes the regular beer. He is able to keep HbA1c in the mid 5's. I like wine and if anything it keeps my bgs lower. It hasn't bothered my weight loss either. I drink Miller Lite and have not had an A1C over 5.8 in 3 years.. May I suggest that you get a copy of the Calorie King and check out the grams of carbs in beer on page 26. They vary considerably from 4 to 23 grams of carbs for 12 ounces. The light beers are very low in carbs. I drink Michelob Ultra - 2.8 carbs per bottle. If that is not available, I drink a light beer. Like others have posted above, when you drink beer, your BG will naturally drop as your body switches from processing sugar to processing alcohol. Wife and I do fine with the high gravity low carb beers. If you go really lo Continue reading >>

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