Diabetes and Alcohol

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a life changing event, it is normal to be shocked when you don’t understand the disease. There is no known cure for diabetes. This means that you will have to treat the disease for the rest of your life. As a part of treatment you will have to measure you blood sugar on a regular basis. You also have to inject insulin if you can’t keep your blood sugar under control, or take medication to increase your insulin sensitivity. Additionally you will have to control what you eat and drink. Many people struggling following a new diet because they have developed bad habits prior to being diagnosed with diabetes. One of the hardest changes someone who is recently diagnosed with diabetes has is meal planning, but you will find that meal planning is actually quite easy.

A common question many new diabetics have is how alcohol effect there ne health condition. Within the next paragraphs all your questions will be answer concerning alcohol and diabetes. It is important to know how alcohol affects the body and how you can consume alcohol moderately if you have diabetes. Being a diabetic, there is not an issue with consuming the odd alcoholic beverage won’t have detrimental effects on your health. However alcohol is simply filling your body with empty calories that need to be processed. To sum it up, alcohol has very little nutritional benefit at the same time you putting a lot of calories into the body. This makes controlling your blood sugar complicated. Alcohol often leads weight gain, which can amplify the negative effects of the disease.

While consuming alcohol your liver temporarily suspends glucose creation, instead it removes the alcohol from your bloodstream. It is estimated that it takes around 2 hours for the body to metabolize one ounce of alcohol to be completely, depending on body weight, height and physical fitness of course. While the body is metabolizing alcohol it leaves the risk of blood sugar being dropping to the point where one will may become hypoglycemic. When someone becomes hypoglycemic they may appear lethargic or even pass out. To avoid such a situation its always recommended never to drink on an empty stomach.

It can often help for a diabetic to have a meal or small snack before consuming alcohol. This way the liver can create glucose that will enter the blood stream before any alcohol enters the body. This should ensure that a person doesn’t get hypoglycemic. If you’re taking any kind of medication you should consult your doctor to find out if you can drink while taking it, often you should avoid alcohol for at least 2 hours after taking any medication. A diabetic should never drink excessively. Not only does drinking in excess have many known negative effects on the body it makes it very hard to maintain a safe blood sugar level. Keeping your blood sugar level within a healthy range decreases the chances of diabetic complications, like poor circulation, nerve damage and cardiovascular problems.

Drinking in moderation can be done safely with diabetes. A glass of wine with dinner is fine. It is ok to treat yourself to a few drinks as a form of celebration.  As you have time to adjust to diabetes you will learn how your body reacts to alcohol.  As a rule of thumb it is always safe to assume that diabetes and alcohol don’t mix well. If you are unsure whether its ok to drink or not don’t take a risk and put down the alcohol.