By Scarlet03 Latest Reply 2013-08-27 09:39:03 -0500
Started 2013-08-12 23:54:09 -0500

Here's something that mind boggles me.

Alcohol and being a diabetic.

Ive never really been a drinker, I really couldn't handle it to being with.

How many of you drink down a beer or 2. If I do drink anything its 1/2 of wine and maybe once a year.

My question is? Is it really a good idea we have a glass?

What do you think?

14 replies

Quin73 2013-08-27 09:39:03 -0500 Report

I still enjoy a good night. I'm type 1 and very well controlled. I tend to stay away from sugary drinks so I know my BG will slowly start dropping. I simply snack throughout the night to keep it stable. I usually wake up on 6, after a binge night

Roxannescott 2013-08-14 21:46:20 -0500 Report

I sometimes drink a bit of wine and beer.I was told when I was younger that the wine and beer will raise blood sugar because of the fruit carbsor the yeast… but then the alcohol lowers blood sugar with a pump I bolus half a carb…71/2 carb for a glass of wine or beer… I was also told for liquor to drink Scotch because it's the only liquor Made with no sugar. I was told this by a works for me…but then I only have a glass or two at a time…not a whole bottle or keg…


silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-14 11:10:31 -0500 Report

This is a good discussion. After diabetes I decided to pretty much quit drinking. I was never a big drinker to begin with, i couldn't hold my liquor it always made me violently ill. But I did drink a cocktail or 2, or a few beers socially. Now , on occasion I will have a Michelob Ultra which is only 2 carbs.
I just figure with everything being such a delicate balance, I prefer not to take any unnecessary risks.

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-14 10:39:32 -0500 Report

The day before yesterday had 2 Corona Light's, spaced out over 7 hours and my BG was fine, but I still encourage others to monitor especially since there is a difference on how the alcohol affects you depending on if you are drinking mixed drinks, straight alcohol, or beer. I have notice wine increases mine, but that is b/c it is high in natural sugar.

Sapphire89 2013-08-13 17:26:10 -0500 Report

I used to think that too until I talked to my endo about it in detail. He showed me a CGM log (when I was looking into it) of another patient of his during a night of drinking and it was shocking.

Sapphire89 2013-08-13 15:47:43 -0500 Report

I'm not a drinker either, but I know that alcohol lowers your blood sugar. Stay alert enough to keep an eye on your blood sugar… It can be confusing because being tipsy feels similar to being low, so you need to check your blood sugar frequently while drinking to make sure your blood sugar isn't dropping.

Kay Sinclair
Kay Sinclair 2013-08-13 20:30:46 -0500 Report

Every time I do drink o make sure I'm with someone that knows I'm a T1 as well as have a juice or soda near by to make sure I don't go low. Always seem to work!

Scarlet03 2013-08-13 20:37:44 -0500 Report

I've seen the effects of alcoholism… it scares me to death. Double that I'm a diabetic. I know my limits with how much I should.

Scarlet03 2013-08-13 20:43:07 -0500 Report

Adding … also with a teen in the house and a single mom. I want to be a good example to her and not go crazy. I have that type of personality that gets addictive. So I don't buy it or I will have one glass at a holiday dinner

Scarlet03 2013-08-13 17:12:48 -0500 Report

I always thought it raises your blood sugar… That's good to know

PavelZ 2013-08-14 06:29:29 -0500 Report

It depend what you drink. If beer or sweet alcohol then it raised. There are 2 way alcohol drinks work, sugar from drink raise blood glucose but alcohol lower blood glucose. So it depend what you drink and how much.
I drink 1-2 beer or wine glass, 1-2x per week. I stopped drink shots and I respect my limit (never drink more) to be able serve myself in case of hypo.

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