By kejo Latest Reply 2013-11-11 15:01:54 -0600
Started 2013-11-02 18:42:10 -0500

I still think it odd that drinking alcohol lowers your blood glucose, even if you're drinking sweet drinks

Tags: blood sugar

14 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-11 15:01:54 -0600 Report

When I drink. I only drink the flavored beer and take insulin for half of what I would usually for a non alcoholic drink.

Borders96 2013-11-07 14:36:31 -0600 Report

I'm 18 soon, as young teens do I already drink alcohol. When I drink alcohol I don't take any insulin for the dinner before it nor an evening slow releasing insulin. If I take insulin to cover meals before drinking I find hypos the morning after or I worry I will get them during the night. Although my blood goes high (due to no insulin and the alcohol) I find it goes back to normal the following morning.

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:42:12 -0600 Report

Sweet drinks don't lower your levels. Hard liquor does. Even wine can raise your levels if you have a sweeter variety. If you are going to drink, you want to eat. What you eat will depend on what kind of drinks you are consuming.

IronOre 2013-11-05 17:23:09 -0600 Report

Yes it does lower your blood sugar, but that is only temporary.
After being lowered your reading goes thru the roof (very high).

kejo 2013-11-06 06:06:57 -0600 Report

I'm always nervous in taking insulin when drinking!

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Khürt Williams 2013-11-07 12:25:25 -0600 Report

I always bolus for the carbohydrates in my beer. Nothing to be nervous about. The effect of the alcohol occurs hours later. Just don't drink an American. Don't "binge" drink.

Grandmama16 2013-11-08 01:32:37 -0600 Report

My grandson, 24 next mo. Likes to drink beer…a certain kind and in our state it's lower alcohol. I don't know if he drinks hard liquor. He keeps track of his carbs and insulin, and eats pretty well. He's also very active…his work and, sports and looks great. I was worried that drinking would be bad for him and me but it has encouraged me here that it's not uncommon for diabetics to drink carefully. He was diagnosed at 17 after having menengitis. I was diagnosed with type 2 last year and quite a surprise. It runs in my husbands' family but not mine. I'm 69. Thanks for your comment about beer.

correctionsnurse1 2013-11-04 20:46:29 -0600 Report

It does NOT lower your BG, it actually raises it, especially when you indulge in mixed drinks. I do enjoy social drinking, and I have to keep close watch on what I drink. Hard liquor alone should not raise it, but mixed with something like regular soda will. Also noticed that Pina Colada's , Wine, Bahama Mamas will raise as well because of the natural sugar content.

kejo 2013-11-06 06:06:20 -0600 Report

But I've experience it, first hand. I was drinking sangria ( without eating or taking insulin ) and four hours later I was 50. I can't explain it… But it happens!

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:44:15 -0600 Report

4 hours later, you may have been on your way down from a spike into a crash. The best test would have been at about 2 hours after your drink to see what it does. Specially since you didn't eat anything to help curb the swing.

Nick1962 2013-11-06 08:39:32 -0600 Report

Depending on the type of sangria, it can have as little as 2g. of sugar per serving. Because it's primarily wine, and the sugar in wine is turned into alcohol during the fermentation process, many dry wines will lower blood glucose.

LauraJD 2013-11-03 18:00:09 -0600 Report

I stick to hard liquor like rum and diet pop but yeah the next day after drinking my sugars are consistently low. One of my profs at university called this a "delayed hypoglycemic effect" I don't remember the exact reason alcohol has this effect on our sugars, but it's a common thing.

It's kind of odd you still experience lowered blood sugars even when you drink sweet ones!

kejo 2013-11-03 18:51:35 -0600 Report

I looked online… And it seems like it's could be due to many different things, but there's not one definite answer!

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:46:50 -0600 Report

This is very true and testing yourself and knowing what it does is important. Specially since a severe low can make you appear drunk, and if you have been drinking, someone might over look a low and that could leave you in a very difficult situation. You need to know for sure what it does to you so that you can let a friend know when you are out together.

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