Is there a connection Between diabetes type 2 and alcoholism?

By rentintin Latest Reply 2011-04-13 19:57:19 -0500
Started 2011-04-13 05:56:44 -0500

This is a question Ive had for a while and not been able to find any studies or medical journels written . My family has a high incidence of alcohollism with diabetes showing up in these same individuals. Is this just a coincidence or is it connected? Ive also seen this in other familes.
I know a little about the breakdown of alcohol in the body and its kinda like sugar breakdown.
Is this something anyone knows anything about?

20 replies

GabbyPA 2011-04-13 19:57:19 -0500 Report

I know that hard alcohol can lower our levels. Sweet drinks can have the opposite effect. My brother was an alcoholic for several years before he was diagnosed, but I never connected the two. My dad, mom and myself don't drink, and we have I am not sure. Maybe it helped bring it on earlier, as he was the youngest of us to get diabetes. My mom was the oldest.

Harlen 2011-04-13 11:17:44 -0500 Report

MY mom and dad where and my dad still is but he's not drinking anymore and my mom pased away ,she had stopped drinking but didnt take care of her D
I did dring when very yung but not to the extream and then gave it up 25 years ago .I still got d .
If your going to get D you where always going to get it what we eat drink may bring it on faster but you where always going to get it .
Best wishes

Sidehack 2011-04-13 07:42:39 -0500 Report

Very good question! I'm an alcoholic first/diabetic 2nd. I believe my alcoholism brought on my diabetes. Clean and sober 8 years (this time). Any others?

CaliKo 2011-04-13 07:40:22 -0500 Report

There is a lot of diabetes in my family, but most of my family does not drink at all. I'm an exception to the not drinking, but the diabetes doesn't seem to care if we drink or not in my family.

eristar 2011-04-13 07:12:31 -0500 Report

My father drank martinis every night when he came home from work, and he developed type 2 at about the same age I am now. I drank rather a lot for many years - quite altogether about 4 years ago, and last year was diagnosed with type 2, as well…I do know that alcohol converts into sugar in the body, something we should watch out for!

Nova69 2011-04-13 06:37:26 -0500 Report

I haven't come across any direct cause and effect relationship between alcoholism and diabetes. However, severe alcoholism can cause pancreatitis. When the pancreas is damaged, it can cause diabetes so there may be an indirect connection.