Can You Mix Booze And Diabetes
By Donna Rock.
Summer time is fast approaching and this is the time for outdoor gatherings, BBQ and usually a cooler full of cold spirits! So is it okay to drink alcohol if you have type 2 diabetes?
When you drink alcohol, your body produces insulin which can lead to low or lower blood sugar levels as your body burns up the alcohol. When you are diabetic, this can be a concern, especially if you are taking insulin or oral medications. In addition, alcohol impairs your brain’s ability to recognize when your blood sugar levels are low, so your liver can release stored glucose for energy.
Something I did not realize but discovered while researching for this article is moderate drinking can cause blood sugar to RISE, but excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to DROP into dangerous levels. I have personally seen many elderly patients admitted to the hospital due to diabetic shock after binging on alcohol, so I know the risks of drinking are real.
Some other things to consider when debating whether to pop open that beer can or wine cooler:
* 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.
* 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. (source: http://diabetes.webmd.com/drinking-alcohol)
The bottom line is that if you are diabetic, or even pre-diabetic, drinking alcohol can have a negative effect on your health. You may not see the effects right away, but over time it will in fact creep up and show its ugly face later on down the road. Or, if you happened to have a day or two where your diet was high in carbs, or you did not eat much…then those “few” drinks you have may affect your body differently as if you had twice as much as you really had.
I guess you need to ask yourself if drinking alcohol is really worth it. There are many people out there who are able to socialize, attend BBQ’s and get through the holidays without any alcohol and have just as much fun. You can too!
Donna Rock is a Health Coach graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Donna is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. This prestigious certification is for individuals who have been trained by only the most qualified educational programs in the area of Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Coaching.