By olbeck Latest Reply 2009-03-13 15:08:24 -0500
Started 2009-03-12 15:37:49 -0500

i havent drank alcohol in 15 years,i wasnt a diab. then and dont know how it would affect me if i was to say maybe have a drink i am just courious it will probable never happen

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momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-03-13 15:08:24 -0500 Report

Lets just say it is better to talk to your doctor.he or she will know better on what it will do to you.
my only thing is why havnt had a drink that long.I stopped drinking 12 years ago and i would love to have one but i just dont want to take the is your choice just remeber were here what ever you do.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-13 09:34:22 -0500 Report

I have no idea to what extent you're thinking of using alcohol again, but I would really caution you to talk it over with your doctor before starting again. Since you have not been drinking over such a long period of time, and since you were not diabetic and on the meds at the time, you really would need to be extremely cautious, as you have no idea how your body/system is going to handle the alcohol/med combo. I personally would limit my drinking to only an occasional drink, making sure you are not doing it at home alone, in the event you do experience some adverse reaction. Balancing things in our lives is never easy, but to remain healthy we often have to give up things we enjoy.

lipsie 2009-03-12 19:24:29 -0500 Report

Definately ask your doctor. But personally alcohol raises my blood sugar WAY up! So, yeah you have to be very careful. And yeah, 15 years is a long time to give up on. Good luck! Sheila

jsd2005 2009-03-12 19:02:39 -0500 Report

Alcohol lowers blood sugar.. It is also empty calories. I also know that many medication, especially diabetic meds warn
against alcohol use.
talk with your doctor before you do anything.

kdroberts 2009-03-13 07:54:09 -0500 Report

Alcohol itself can lower blood sugar, however the drink it is in may raise blood sugar. If it's not a straight spirit like whisky, vodka, etc then it will raise blood sugar to some degree in the short term.

I drink, I've talked it over with doctors and I have plans in place. If I drink a bunch then I know to watch myself, watch my food and maybe skip metformin for a dose. I enjoy wine, beer and whisky so I find ways to work them in.

jsd2005 2009-03-13 08:02:44 -0500 Report

Good comment and thanks for the clarification that it can initially raise blood sugar and in the long run lowers blood sugar. Not to mention, that it is a depressant.

Sarguillo 2009-03-12 17:50:28 -0500 Report

First off, ask your doc, as he knows what you are taking and what effects you would encounter. As for a glass of red wine at dinner, as long as it does not react with your meds, would not be a bad idea. Red wine is known to be healthy and reduce heart problems. Again, speak with your doctor about this. This does not mean to go out and buy a gigantic glass for your red wine at dinner like my brother-in-law did when his doc told him it was ok for one glass and one glass only at dinner. In fact, ask your doc if you can have red wine, how many ouces would he or she reomend. If he or she says no, then dont. Why ruin a 15 year run.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-12 16:08:05 -0500 Report

Not sure why you are asking this question. If you're going to begin drinking again, I would have to wonder why after 15 years.

There's hardly a medication anywhere that doesn't caution against drinking alcohol while taking it. If you look at your diabetes meds you'll probably see that warning. This is often true with many over-the-counter meds as well.

I'm not a doctor, and I don't want to encourage you to drink again. However, I don't know that 1 drink every so often would cause a huge problem. To be safe, I would not do it while on medications that advise against it.

Remember, too, that people react differently to medications, as well as to ingesting alcohol. The same would be true of taking a combination of the two, I would think.

Personally I would advise against it, and definitely would discourage you from any extensive drinking.

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