Alcohol and Diabetes?
Alcohol has a very large amount of sugar in it. For this reason, drinking alcohol by itself can raise the bodyâ€™s blood sugar to very high levels, making the consumption of alcohol dangerous for many Diabetics.
However, some Diabetics may be able to consume alcohol without problems, especially if they have their glucose levels well under control. And, surprisingly, some studies indicate that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can lower the risk of developing Diabetes by as much as 30-40%. The same research indicates that alcohol may improve the bodyâ€™s insulin resistance, making it easier for Type 2 Diabetics to process insulin. However, researchers have not yet determined what the positive link between alcohol and insulin is.
Additionally, alcohol causes many of the same complications that Diabetes causes, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and dehydration. Therefore, combining alcohol with the pre-existing condition of Diabetes can lead to a very dangerous mix.
However, many Diabetics may be fine if they enjoy a glass of alcohol.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are planning to enjoy alcohol:
- Be sure to continue to monitor your blood glucose levels. Only drink if your blood glucose levels are under control.
- Eat a snack or meal before you drink in order to ensure that you have a normal blood sugar level.
- Limit the number of drinks that you have to two. Alcohol contains a large amount of sugars and carbohydrates, which can add stress to your body. Alcohol also contains calories, which can add pounds.
- Drink water in order to stay hydrated.
Remember: there are many types of Diabetes and all bodies respond differently to varying conditions. Always contact your doctor for more information about how alcohol may affect your particular Diabetic condition.
Limit Your Consumption
Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure. It also can harm the liver, brain, and heart. Alcoholic drinks also contain calories, which matter if you are trying to lose weight. If you drink alcoholic beverages, have only a moderate amount â€” one drink a day for women; two drinks a day for men.
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