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Type 1 diabetes
The basic idea to remember is that alcohol will raise your blood sugar when consumed with carbs, but will lower it when carbs are not on the menu. What does this mean? The alcohol in your system will control your liver to produce less glycogen than usual, so there will be nothing for the insulin to bounce off – a sure-fire recipe for hypoglycemia.
This is even more dangerous when it happens while the sufferer is asleep, after having worked out before drinking – post-exercise low blood sugar levels will compound the issue even further.
Here’s what you might consider doing before and during your drinking:
Type 2 diabetes
If you have type 2 diabetes, it’s all right to enjoy the occasional drink, so long as you are at no risk of heart conditions, keep your blood sugar levels in check, and adhere to a few basic rules:
What are the risks of drinking with diabetes?
With two drinks per day for men and one for women, you should generally be fine. Aside from portion control, make sure to take calories and carbs into account, too: there are about 100 calories in 5 oz of dry wine, but sweet varieties will pack on more.
It’s difficult to estimate the caloric count of sweeter beverages, so try to steer clear of sweet cocktails like Cosmopolitans, whiskey cream-based beverages, or pina coladas. The same goes for any long drink that contains about 1.5 oz of distilled liquors (vodka, whiskey, gin) and some 8 oz of juice or soda.
Moderation for alcohol use is extremely important when drinking with diabetes of either type – and that’s been confirmed by scientific research. For one thing, people with diabetes that also suffer from nerve damage (either induced by the illness or not) should not be drinking at all, because the alcohol will only make matters worse – and more painful too, by augmenting the pain caused by the damaged nerves.
More than three drinks per day increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy, raises triglyceride levels, and also encourages ignoring self-care. People who drink regularly with diabetes are less likely to check their blood sugar levels and take their medication, says one study by Kaiser Permanente.
Enjoy yourself but Be Smart!!