Wine and the effect on diabetis

By GingerEllen Latest Reply 2014-05-28 21:36:02 -0500
Started 2014-05-28 15:42:19 -0500

On Monday I was at a party and drank 2 glasses of wine for the first time in who knows when. I tested before and then 2 hours after. My sugar level actually went down instead of going up. I don't understand why drinking a little wine lowered the blood sugar.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-28 21:36:02 -0500 Report

You say a little wine after 2 glasses. How much wine was in two glasses? It is as Steve said your liver has to filter the alcohol which can have an effect on the liver releasing glucose.

I have this from the Mayo Clinic: When you drink an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol moves quickly into the bloodstream without being metabolized in your stomach. Within five minutes of having a drink, there's enough alcohol in your bloodstream to measure. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and for the average person it takes approximately two hours to metabolize one drink. If you drink alcohol faster than your body metabolizes it, the excess alcohol moves through your bloodstream to other parts of your body, particularly your brain. If you've ever gotten a "buzz" when drinking alcohol, that's why.

If you're on insulin, or certain oral diabetes medications, such as a sulfonylurea (glipizide, glyburide) or meglitinide (Prandin) that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin, drinking alcohol can cause a dangerous low blood sugar because your liver has to work to remove the alcohol from your blood instead of its main job to regulate your blood sugar.

Test before you drink alcohol and make sure you eat a carb. Remember, beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.

haoleboy 2014-05-28 16:43:23 -0500 Report

One of your livers jobs is to releases glucose in order to maintain maintain your blood glucose levels, but when you drink job 1 becomes filtering that alcohol and that can interfere with the release of glucose which can cause hypoglycemia … particularly in diabetics taking medication to lower blood sugars. If you decide to drink check your bgl prior to the first drink and every 2 hours after and be sure you have consumed some carbs prior to drinking and if you start going low have a snack. This effect can last for up to 12 hours.


kimfing 2014-05-28 15:48:27 -0500 Report

Alcohol thins the blood hence can lower blood sugar since you haven't had it in quite awhile. What u did was perfect with testing. Always recommend eating when consuming alcohol.

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