Diabetes and Alcohol - How to Drink Safely



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Diabetes and alcohol do not go together as alcohol is processed the same way fat is processed in the body. Therefore, it can make your blood glucose level go up. So if you must have it, drink it only infrequently when the blood sugar level and the diabetes are tightly controlled.

Tell your doctor if you have hypertension, high triglyceride level or if you are overweight or if you have some doubt about drinking alcohol. Also if your meal plan is calorie-controlled, one alcohol drink is counted as two fat exchanges. The regular beer has an additional one starch exchange. It is good to remember at this point that alcohol has no nutritional value.

Here are some more ways diabetes and alcohol affect one another:

  • Sweet wine and beer have carbohydrates that may raise the blood glucose.
  • Moderate quantity of alcohol may make the blood glucose to rise and excessive amount may make it go down to dangerous level.
  • Alcohol may increase the blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
  • Alcohol can lead to increased heart rate, garbled speech and nausea.
  • It can make you want to eat more and so can have a negative effect on the blood glucose control.
  • Alcohol can also get in the way of the positive effects of insulin and oral medications.



Now that you know the effects of alcohol on diabetes, here are some do's and don'ts to consider in order to drink responsibly:

  • Sip it or drink slowly.
  • Drinking alcohol should be accompanied by food intake.
  • Don't drink the sugary mixed drinks, cordials and sweet wines.
  • Combine liquor with diet drinks or water.
  • Don't drink more than two drinks of alcohol on any given day. One drink is equivalent to 5-ounce glass of wine (100 calories), or 1 1/2 - shot of liquor (100 calories) or 12-ounce beer (150 calories).

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I know there has been report on the therapeutic benefit of moderate alcohol consumption but a diabetic who does not drink should not start this habit. And if he is already drinking, it is advisable not to escalate the intake as high consumption of three or more a day can lead to the decline of short and long term glucose metabolism.

As a matter of fact, the American Diabetes Association has an opinion on this matter. That is, women should only take one drink a day while men can have two drinks a day. Alcohol consumption should also be taken with food in order to lower the risk of hypoglycemia. So here's how to give up alcohol.

Now that you know the relationship between these two, it will be easier to drink in a responsible manner. We do not want to take the risk and get in a worse situation. Drinking safely is the way to do it because studies have shown the strong relationship between diabetes and alcohol.

Diabetes and Alcohol, To Drink or not to Drink? Alcohol and diabetes and the link that exists between the two poses questions. One of them is whether alcohol use increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. The answer is a resounding yes.

Mind you, studies have shown that moderate drinking of one drink for women and two for men everyday may lower risk for diabetes, but the opposite is true with greater consumption. Heavy use of alcohol causes chronic inflammation of the pancreas which can harm its insulin secretion



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