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By seth is the coolest and i blow Latest Reply 2011-03-28 10:43:40 -0500
Started 2011-03-25 05:24:05 -0500

i want to know something, as long as you take your insuline, you can drink write?

10 replies

csteinfels 2011-03-28 10:43:40 -0500 Report

Besides what others have said it will damage your liver to the point of death or having a liver transplant and if you are over a certain age you can forget the transplant.

northerngal 2011-03-28 10:24:40 -0500 Report

Alcohol will drop your blood sugar temporarily, but then as your body metabolizes it, its like pure sugar with no nutritional value. It will spike it. It really doesn't matter if you've eaten or not, that just affects the speed and method of absorption. Most docs don't recommend drinking for diabetics.

kdroberts 2011-03-28 10:32:22 -0500 Report

Alcohol on it's own will not raise blood sugar, it's the carbs in the drink that do. For instance, something like vodka or scotch will lower blood sugar for a good number of hours but beer has carbs in it so the carbs will raise blood sugar in the short term but the alcohol can lower blood sugar several hours later. The raise in blood sugar is not really any different to eating the same amount of carbs in any food.

I've never heard of a doctor recommending diabetics not to drink, I have heard them recommend limiting alcoholic intake to a couple of drinks at a time a couple of times a week. Other health factors will also play a role.

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1cookie :) 2011-03-25 20:50:45 -0500 Report

pixsidust is right on, it's not a good idea to drink alcohol. It will spike your blood sugar. I like how Doctor Oz explains how high blood sugar effects your body. He said it's like broken glass circulating through your blood vessels cutting you up as it goes. Does that soud pleasant for your body to go throuigh?

GabbyPA 2011-03-28 07:09:29 -0500 Report

Actually, drinking alcohol can have the opposite effect and cause lows, especially if you drink without eating food.

LabRat90 2011-03-25 11:14:41 -0500 Report

I don't want to lecture you, but aren't you a little young to even be thinking about drinking? Once you get a little older and more mature you may want to sip something along with your friends. At that point, I hope you would be wise enough to realize what you are doing to your body and refrain anyway.

pixsidust 2011-03-25 09:11:51 -0500 Report

Personally the effects of this disease called Diabetes is not worth
anything that could put you at risk. People lose limbs, eyesight and their lives. We must do our very best at all times. My friend told me everytime my sugar spikes, my organs take a hit. If you are tempted to rationalize just this once won't hurt, it does. Insulin is not the fix all to let you consume like you do not have Diabetes. It lets you live and you have to do your part on how you eat and treat yourself. If you are feeling down as your choice of names indicates, be your own best friend. Love yourself and take time to care about others. I do my best healing when I reaching out to another. There are so many who could use help or a kind word.

This is copied off of the American Diabetes Association website

Beyond all the health and safety concerns about alcohol, if you have diabetes and are on diabetes medications that lower blood glucose, you need to practice caution. The action of insulin and some diabetes pills, sulfonylureas and meglitinides (Prandin), is to lower blood glucose by making more insulin. So, you should not drink when your blood glucose is low or when your stomach is empty.

Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia shortly after drinking and for 8-12 hours after drinking. So, if you want to drink alcohol, check your blood glucose before you drink and eat either before or while you drink. You should also check your blood glucose before you go to bed to make sure it is at a safe level — between 100 and 140 mg/dL. If your blood glucose is low, eat something to raise it.

The symptoms of too much alcohol and hypoglycemia can be similar — sleepiness, dizziness, and disorientation. You do not want anyone to confuse hypoglycemia for drunkenness, because they might not give you the proper assistance and treatment. The best way to get the help you need if you are hypoglycemic is to always wear an I.D. that states "I have diabetes."

Another problem with alcohol can be that it may lessen your resolve to stay on track with healthy eating. Contemplate this situation. You sit at a restaurant and sip a glass of wine while you peruse the menu. As you slowly relax your tastebuds might be more easily tempted to overindulge. You may also be interested in our book, Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, 4th Edition.

GabbyPA 2011-03-25 05:36:02 -0500 Report

I suppose that depends on what you want to drink. What kind of drinking did you have in mind?