not fair

By rellypoo Latest Reply 2011-08-24 17:01:11 -0500
Started 2011-07-17 20:28:36 -0500

I have just had a little disagreement with my diabetes specialist She said that you don't have to give up everything when you are a diabetic, I told her that I have given up smoking (2 years now) I still enjoy a sociable beer on the weekends. She said that I am only allowed 2 standard drinks a day. I think that if you keep an eye on your sugar levels a few beers on the weekend are ok.

116 replies

berrykins0 2011-08-24 17:01:11 -0500 Report

i don't drink at all it causes me to have low blood sugar systems before i was told i had diabetes i had this happen to me if i drank so i prefere not to drink at all. i only would drink 1 wine cooler and felt lousy or 1 margrittia felt lousy. i don't smoke at all either.

melaniebecerra 2011-07-27 19:38:40 -0500 Report

well i know where you coming from i want to say this BE CAREFUL beer has alot of carbs and alcohol drops your bloodsugar quite a bit. keep checking them if you drnk beer i would say lite beer if you drink vodka make sure you eat,,,very important because it has to tentancy to not let you know when you bloodsugar drops especially when you buzzed a lil. i wouldnt go overboard tho it aint good for anyone :)

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-21 19:15:16 -0500 Report

I still drink on the weekends myself. Sociable also. With friends and family. If it looks as if it will run longer than my cut off point, I just start to slow down on my beer. Make it last longer and everyone thinks I am drinking just the same as them. LOL

AuntieBear 2011-07-21 02:28:22 -0500 Report

I see nothing wrong in having a drink or two every once in awhile IF it does not screw up your health problems. If you are able to keep safe numbers, and not have any other problems from the alcohol then I think it is ok.

edvel54 2011-07-21 00:15:54 -0500 Report

I enjoy a Margarita once or twice a year. I do find that the alcohol in the drink affects me a lot quicker.

lmkilday 2011-07-20 21:36:38 -0500 Report

You should check with your doctor or pharmacist about drinking while on diabetes medication. I take Metformin and it has a warning label not to drink alcohol while taking the prescription. Warnings about Metformin and alcohol consumption from this website:

"Drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing lactic acidosis or may cause a decrease in blood sugar. Ask your doctor how much alcohol is safe to drink while you are taking metformin."

Anonymous 2011-07-20 13:51:54 -0500 Report

Not all things in life are "fair". You did good by quitting smoking but the alcohol has lots of sugar in it and is generally not good for your health. I am not even going to spend lots of time on this post because I just think you should understand. I do not drink or smoke. I wish you well and hope you figure this one out.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-20 10:50:23 -0500 Report

Giving up smoking is a blessing for you and those around you. Congratulations on your 2 years. Dad, a 2 pack of unfiltered Camels a day, gave up cold turkey. After about 5 years he couldn't stand the smell of it.
this is a combination of knowledge and opinion and I will try and separate it as such. In my opinion a social beer on the weekend is fine. Notice it is beer, not beers. I do not know about beer as it is something I generally do not care for except at certain times. After push mowing a lawn for an hour in the heat, there is nothing like a cold beer! Alcohol, I do know about, as I experimented with myself as the only subject. 1/4 cup of Vodka (peach or vanilla flavored, please) can drop my BS by 100 points in an hour. If I was at 125 and dropped 100 points, I would be in a coma or dead, in which case I would not have been able to repeat the experiment. I was at 350 and dropped to 250. So, what I am saying is that with both the beer and alcohol, you need to figure out what does what to you, Test your BS before you drink a beer, then test it 30 minutes later. See what happens, then you know. The tough part is that you need to be sure that your BS is not still climbing before the beer, so you may want to test 15 minutes apart to be sure it is relatively stable. With alcohol, my test was straight. If you have a mix drink, everything gets, well, mixed! You have the alcohol dropping your BS and whatever you mix with it, more than likely, raising your BS.
Hope some of this helps. If you need more help with the experiment let me know and I will come over and demonstrate! :)

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 14:48:53 -0500 Report

She said two standard drinks a day?! That is a lot depending on what she means by "standard". As long as you are around people who can help you if you have a low from drinking, then that is your choice. If it doesn't effect your levels in a bad way, then that too is your choice. One of the things that bugs me most about being diabetic is being lumped in as a "whole" and not being seen as an individual.

Did you ask her if there was a reason for her suggestion?

rellypoo 2011-07-19 17:00:28 -0500 Report

Thank you gabby. I standard drink for me is 2 glasses of lite beer. It does not effect my readings. I dont smoke now quit 2 years ago. My friends and partner are well aware of my diabetes and watch out for me all the time. I just dont think there is anything wrong with a few beers with friends and love ones. Obviously I must be wrong.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-20 10:59:41 -0500 Report

Rellypoo, I would say that the right or wrong has entirely to do with your numbers. Do the before and after test I suggested in an earlier post today. If it is putting your numbers up or down to the extreme, then you may need to modify your intake. If beer works like straight alcohol, then you could experience a sudden and unexpected drop. Coming from an Irish Catholic family I am not foreign to beer or alcohol, so no moral judgement from me on those accounts. You need to decide what works or doesn't work for you. Jim

VickieF 2011-07-22 00:57:05 -0500 Report

Here, Here!! As You said as long as your numbers stay in a good range it is a personal choice.

rellypoo 2011-07-20 21:12:58 -0500 Report

I will try your experiment but I will have to wait until the weekend as i don't drink during the week.

GabbyPA 2011-07-19 18:46:32 -0500 Report

No, you are not wrong, there just might be a reason for her concern. If it is a "just because all diabetics" kind of an answer, then I would move on and do what works. But if there is a reason she is not telling or explaining to you, you need to know that as well, so you can make a decision not based on how you feel, but on what your body might be telling you.

ochibeachgirl 2011-07-19 17:05:30 -0500 Report

congrats on the non-smoking - I never did, but know it's hard to quit. My sis has a lite beer every now and then, and she's ok too. I think if you know your limit, in terms of sugars as well as being safe and sober, then why not have one every now and then? It's like my chocolate - don't anyone ever tell me not to have chocolate or I would be upset - LOL!

crosslady 2011-07-19 11:30:30 -0500 Report

Hi! I have been experimenting and for me if I cut down on the portion size I seem to be OK… with somethings, with most things. I absolutely can not have a doughnut. I love 'em but they do not love me. I have a favorite Freshetta (maybe spelled wrong) pizza… I can eat it but I have to eat half now and about 3 or 4 hours eat the other half. It is not that big but to much carbs at one sitting. Does that make sense? Anyway, you will learn what you can and cannot have. Just be patient with your self. I do not think 1 or 2 beers would be really bad… but I do not know. God Bless You, Naomi :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-20 11:03:56 -0500 Report

Naomi, you are a girl after my heart. I prefer Freshetta Pizza over any other pizza I have ever had! It saddens me that I too have to limit myself to half, and my BS recover so slowly, the second have is the next day. Now maybe if I wash it down with a beer, it will even out! First I have to find where you buy beer in WV! I think it is in the supermarket.

crosslady 2011-07-21 12:59:49 -0500 Report

Isn't that pizza out of this world!!!! I get the thin crust with spinach, cheese and garlic fold it over to make like a quesadilla! I am in pizza heaven! LOL,LOL I think there are about 70 carbs per serving. Way to much! Thanks Jim :)

wswaby 2011-07-19 06:51:23 -0500 Report

You don't have to give up everything. You need to cut down and start using portion size, Beer is definitely bad because the YEAST in beer keep you from loosing weight. It works as how it work on bread. So have a highball or 2 on weekends but I would stay away from the beer. I know it is good to have a beer espec1ailyl when the time is as hot as now, but the yeast is the bad thing.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-20 11:05:21 -0500 Report

Humm, good input. glad I separated beer from alcohol in my earlier reply. Still. I think I will buy a 6 pack and do my test.

Diaschm 2011-07-19 00:35:58 -0500 Report

I do drink at all. Alcohol is off limits with the meds that I am on. Too dangerous , why take the chance, it just isn't worth it for me. Have you asked your doctor? Check your meds to be sure this will not give you a reaction that you will regret. Better to be safe than dead.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-20 11:08:18 -0500 Report

Good comment. I forgot about some meds saying alcohol is off limits. I know I have some pain medicine that says "Warning! Alcohol may enhance the effect of this drug". since I was in a lot of pain from a tooth extraction at the times, I had 1/4 cup of Vodka. all went well and I appreciated the advice. There are other drugs that alcohol intake can screw everything up, so be careful.

berrykins0 2011-07-19 16:56:41 -0500 Report

you sound kie me it isn't worth it. i often wondered why i felt funny when i used to drink a little wine before i was told i was diabetic type 2. after being told about i figured it out. i'm on meds i wouldn't dare try it now .i wouldn't want to find out what would happen to me if i did it now.