By Mirena Latest Reply 2013-02-24 12:08:18 -0600
Started 2013-02-23 09:28:11 -0600

So I sent my doctor my numbers since on insulin for a week. She wants me to up my dosage to 15units. My birthday is Tuesday and I really want to drink some wine, just a glass. Does anyone the best wine to drink? I know most of not all have sugar in it. I've been able to drink it in the past without it affecting my blood sugar.

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SandySilvers 2013-02-23 17:46:43 -0600 Report

Hi Mirena…First of all Happy Birthday!!! Everyone is different, which I'm sure you know by now LOL…BUT, I've had a glass here and there (mostly over the holidays - I'm not much of a drinker), and I've been ok. I would still take my insulin. I take the 15 units of Lantus and a glass of wine here and there really doesn't drop me that low. I think as long as you're careful and test to make sure your levels are good, you should enjoy a glass! And I love the sweeter wines myself!

Type1Lou 2013-02-23 13:21:17 -0600 Report

I used to drink a glass of dry wine (red or white) frequently with dinner. But, in the last few years (I'm 64), I found that drinking wine will make my blood sugar drop to dangerously low levels, so, if I now have a glass a month, it's a lot. Diabetes is such an individual disease that we might all react differently, so the key is knowing how that glass of wine will affect you. Have one glass (preferably a dry wine (e.g. Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, Chablis) and avoid the sweeter wines (Zinfandel, Riesling, Rhine). Unfortunately, I think your preferred Moscato falls into the sweeter category. Try it once and monitor how it affects your BG like Manapua below suggests. I would not eliminate my insulin dose as was previously suggested. You can still celebrate and enjoy if you're careful. Happy birthday!

jayabee52 2013-02-23 13:19:02 -0600 Report

Happy Birthday, Mirena!

Most alcohol will shut down your liver while it processes the alcohol, so it stops processing the carbohydrates. So you will go low but then once the alcohol is out of your system, your BG will rebound and you may spike a bit.

manapua72 2013-02-23 12:09:49 -0600 Report

Many diabetics drink , in moderation I hope … When I get my insulin it always has a sticker on it with instructions , warnings etc … It says not to drink alcoholic drinks while taking this medicine … I wouldn't skip your dose of insulin , but I would test , test , test just like Gins said to see how it effects your blood glucose levels …

Gins 2013-02-23 11:48:30 -0600 Report

Every diabetic I'd unique, so I definitely don't want to tell you what to do, but I would just recommend to test a bit more frequently after you drink wine

Gins 2013-02-23 11:30:10 -0600 Report

Actually, my doctor told me that any wine, white or red, makes your blood sugar go down. I have found that this is in fact true, since every time I have a glass of wine my sugar ends up lowering. Now if I want a glass I just don't give myself any insulin for it, if not less than what I would usually do for what I am eating

Mirena 2013-02-23 11:35:51 -0600 Report

So I can't take my insulin and drink wine? I don't want to have to skip a dose and I don't plan too.

Mirena 2013-02-23 10:03:59 -0600 Report

I always do. My favorite is Red Moscato. Love that wine. It'll probably be my wine of choice on Tuesday.

manapua72 2013-02-23 09:56:58 -0600 Report

The best wine to drink ???? You will receive hundreds , thousands , millions of different answers to that question … If people choose to answer … Yes wine is an ancient historical drink that till today people enjoy and yes diabetics too … To be honest the best wine to drink , none of your DC FRIENDS can truthfully answer that … The best wine to drink is simple , a wine that YOU my friend enjoy … Drink in moderation and you should be fine …