Alcoholic drinks

By LEAH35 Latest Reply 2012-10-15 01:06:40 -0500
Started 2012-10-08 19:06:56 -0500

I have just been diagnosed with diabetic. I don't even know which type. It's the one that is not so bad I believe. Which is…answer please!!
I love my wine in the evenings…well that's out so they say. Alcohol is suppost to be out of my vocabulary. But I can't let it go just yet. My question is what is the best alcoholic drink for diabetics. I know none are good, but which is more suitable for us alcoholic diabetics!!! Hehe!

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Pluckinfool 2012-10-15 01:06:40 -0500 Report

Leah, i don't know how to navigate this site well, hope this works . . . . let me offer my experiences on "need a drink." I came down with diabetes at age 6. By age 19, I figured I wouldn't live as long as most folks, my revenge would be to enjoy life as much as possible, for as long as i could. 55 years later, it still seems to be working. And i have no issues with fingertips, toes, liver, kidneys, eyeballs, brain, or, um, other body parts.
My first thought would be to advise you to ignore most of what they're telling you. But wait — i have done a few of the things they suggest. Never overweight. Exercise with no days off (nowadays mostly walking a couple miles). Long-term vitamin and mineral enthusiast. Also, i luckily grew up with good eating habits — I like fresh veggies and fruit. I eat what i want, but by habit (not by policy) i rarely eat deep fried foods and other ultra-fat items. And also, happy-go-lucky attitude, nothing worries me much.
I'm sure others will give you much better advice than a fool like me (who doesn't appear to "get it") — when their health is still good after living with diabetes for 55 years, i guess i'll change my habits. I may just be a freak of nature, but i'm inclined to believe that the health-preservation items i mentioned above might deserve a higher place in the diabetes-control hierarchy than simply blood-sugar and tsk-tsk-no-alcohol. And i suppose i should add the caveat that if you drink heavily you need to develop a system to manage your blood sugar, to make sure your blood sugar doesn't drop to lethal levels while you sleep.
Good luck. Please keep me posted. Pluckinfool.
P.s. i don't know if there's a best drink for specific diseases, the active ingredient is the same. I suppose the scientific answer would be that straight vodka has the fewest extraneous calories. But you may find that the extra calories in beer or wine are well worth the ambiance, the conversations, the vibe. But never mind, if any of the regular bloggers read this reply, i'm sure you'll get a lot of much better advice :-)

LEAH35 2012-10-12 18:09:25 -0500 Report

I'm ADHD!!
Thx fir all your advice!!
Today not a good day!! First day after starting morfin. No energy!!

jayabee52 2012-10-13 01:21:39 -0500 Report

Isn't Morphine an opiate based painkiller? Are you in that much pain? If you are, that might be a cause for your lack of energy.

When my late wife was on it back in 2010 it really sapped her energy and gave her auditory hallucinations. She told me about some interesting conversations that we NEVER had. Probably if she had been sighted she would have also had visual hallucinations.

I have ADHD myself. Had it all my life, but finally Dx'd in 2009

veggielover 2012-10-13 13:10:45 -0500 Report

I drink water, tea, and a little coffee, no juice, I prefer fresh fruit instead. I don't think diet drinks are healthy, my sugar substitute of choice is Stevia, and one piece of Dove Dark chocolate twice a week.

MoeGig 2012-10-11 12:35:04 -0500 Report

You don't have to give up wine. I have a couple glasses every evening with dinner. Just avoid the sweet, fortified wines like port, etc. Red's like cab's, and white's like chardonnay are just fine. If you want to drink liquor, don't mix with a sweet drink like coke. Martini's are ok…etc, but pure alcohol like this can lower your blood sugar. Beer has the same carb content as milk…10 to 15 grams. The best thing you can do is to maintain a low carb diet…and you'll be fine.

Lizardfan 2012-10-10 14:31:53 -0500 Report

When do you think you will be able to let it go? You have lots of health choices to learn about now that you have been diagnosed, it is imperative that you learn all about diabetes and it's complications. You have already answered your ?, the answer is NONE!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-09 11:14:25 -0500 Report

Why not ask your doctor which type you are? Alcohol is not good for diabetics, however, my doctor said I could have it once in a while. If you can't let it go yet then you should seek help. Constant consumption of alcohol is not good whether or not you are a diabetic. Alcohol and medication do not go together.

If you are not sure which type you are, how do you plan to care for it? Are you on insulin and pills, insulin alone or pills alone? Both Type 1 and Type 2 can be bad if you don't take proper care of yourself.

GabbyPA 2012-10-09 11:06:44 -0500 Report

Hmmm, let me start with kind of a rough bit of advice. If you are going to always look for a way around your diagnosis, it will bite you in the end. What you want to do is educate yourself on what you have, then you can make better choices for yourself.

Having said that, you need to know which type you are. There is not better or worse type of diabetes. It all does the same thing. It prevents our bodies from using the glucose in our blood properly. Either because our pancreas doesn't work or because our bodies are resistant to how insulin is supposed to work in our bodies. (that is very basic, but to the point) How you treat it is what makes it different. So that is step one.

Once you have found out which type you are, then you can make choices. Wine is not off the table in most cases. However, if it reacts with your meds, you need to accept that. If it doesn't then portion and type of wine may have to be considered. It is believed that dry red wine with a meal (1/2 cup only) can help with an after meal spike. Too much can cause the problem that Type1Lou was talking about, dropping too low.

Sugary drinks should be used very sparingly if at all. Hard liquor can be used in moderation if it is straight without mixers. If you drink, you should always eat. So you need to be mindful of where your levels are before you partake.

What you have to do is set up a way to test what it does to you and your levels. If it is not helping you in your treatment of your diabetes, then you may need to look to something else to fill that spot.

Nana_anna 2012-10-09 09:44:41 -0500 Report

If you are on Metformim they say not to drink alcohlic at all. If your not ready to give it up. Than there is a problem which needs to be tended to. The choice can only be yours. Alcohol is not good for a diabetic.

Type1Lou 2012-10-09 08:04:14 -0500 Report

For years, I would drink a glass of dry (not sweet) wine with dinner…until I started having some serious low blood sugar episodes. So, for my well-being, and for my husband's peace of mind, I've given up drinking wine. Logically, you would want to stay away from any of the sweet liquors or sweeter alcoholic drinks like Screwdrivers for example. As long as you factor in the carbs you are drinking, you might be OK. Cheers!

Irish1951 2012-10-09 07:45:59 -0500 Report

I was Dx two years ago as a type 2. I was also told by my Dr that alcohol was out of my life. Like all things with D, it affects each of us differently. For some it will up your BS and others it drops it. For type1's, it can cause a quick drop to hypo levels. For type2's, we normally don't go into hypo so that is less of an issue.
I will drink a glass of red wine several times a week. I also enjoy a beer from time to time . In both cases I do account for the carbs as part of my car counting ( Michelob ultra is 2.6 carbs). Either way, I have found that if I am eating a higher than normal carb meal (pasta for example) I can offset some of the rise in BS by having an alcoholic drink with it.
Like all things for D- moderation is key!

annesmith 2012-10-09 03:47:40 -0500 Report

It sounds like you are a type 2. You won't like this, but, seriously, be extremely careful with alcohol. I know for sure that alcohol will wreak havoc on your diabetes. Over years, even less than that, you could go from being a type 2 diabetic to complete insulin dependent type 1, because of the alcohol. It can also make you brittle over time, something you would not enjoy. I think you might be able to safely drink 1 glass of red wine once a week—-ha,ha,ha. ANNE

jayabee52 2012-10-08 20:09:31 -0500 Report

Howdy Leah!

There have been a lot of discussions about consumption of Alcohol during the 4 yrs I've been here on DC.

One of those is from 2008 here ~

There's a link to an "Ask an expert" question and answer. ~

Here is another discussion ~

Here is another , a news article ~

There are a lot more references to alcohol. All you'd need to is put a search term in the search box in the upper right quadrant of each page.

Praying God's richest blessings upon you and yours

James Baker

LEAH35 2012-10-08 19:33:34 -0500 Report

No answers. Come on ppl!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-09 11:22:27 -0500 Report

Jayabee just gave you the answers. It is up to you to read the articles he posted. I think you are looking for someone to tell you to drink all the alcohol you want and I don't think anyone is going to tell you that. I think you are also asking us to tell you whether you are type 1 or 2. For that, you should ask your doctor for the diagnosis. The answers given here could be inaccurate.

Tony5657 2012-10-08 20:20:56 -0500 Report

Jayabee52 just gave you your answer. The ball is now in your court. Play it or lose it.

jayabee52 2012-10-08 22:19:12 -0500 Report

actually Tony, Leah asked the question as I was researching a more complete reply. Take a look at the time stamps.

jayabee52 2012-10-08 20:15:00 -0500 Report

give us a break Leah, First folks have to actually FIND the new discussions and then determine if they have something to contribute. It took me a bit to compile the answer above.

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