Does binge drinking cause diabetes?

By youngdiabetic Latest Reply 2014-07-11 08:59:47 -0500
Started 2014-07-10 11:43:05 -0500

I used to binge drink vodka or rum for about 3.5 years. I am obese as well. Did my drinking cause my type 2 diabetes? I am too young (27 yrs old) to get diabetes. I never had a clue that I will get diabetes in my 20s. I had plans to loose weight and just thought of a medical check up before my weight loss programme and I found out I was diabetic with hga1c of 13 with fbs over 355.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-10 19:29:57 -0500 Report

Diabetes does not come with an age limit or weight limit. With 3.5 years of binge drinking I would be more concerned with how much damage was done to your kidneys and liver.

Now that you have been diagnosed it is time to take care of it my learning all you can to manage it. You should have kidney and liver function checked also. Alcohol could possibly have damaged them.

haoleboy 2014-07-10 13:32:38 -0500 Report

I would venture that binge drinking fits a lifestyle that would be prone to type 2 diabetes.
Fortunate you went for a check up as the sooner you start dealing with diabetes the better.


youngdiabetic 2014-07-10 13:16:10 -0500 Report

Lou so you never had any complications of diabetes?

rolly123 2014-07-10 20:21:23 -0500 Report

I was also drinker in my young teen and my family history has diabetic my mom had it in her thirty I got in young finally got checked in twenty don't think drinking did it could be many thing family history anyone in u family do u take insulin or pill like medformin weight don't help it

Type1Lou 2014-07-10 13:59:55 -0500 Report

Probably 20 years ago, I started to develop some neuropathy in my feet but nothing painful. I noticed it when I was bitten by a fire ant on my big toe but didn't feel the bite. (Fire ants are nasty southern critters that leave a pus-filled blister that usually hurts like the dickens!) My ophthalmologists began noticing the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy as far back as 20+ years ago but it has not progressed any further nor required treatment. Back 15 years ago, I started really watching my diet and limiting my carbohydrates and I believe that this is what has prevented my slight complications from developing any further. The turning point for me was reading Dr Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". Dr Bernstein was a Type 1 engineer who attacked his diabetes as a scientific problem and developed his low-carb approach long before the mainstream medical community espoused it. He went back to school and earned his medical degree to gain credibility for his approach and now runs a diabetes clinic on Long Island. I believe he is well into his 60's and is quite fit. So, although I am not free of complications, I believe I have taken the steps needed to stop them from harming my quality of life. It is also incentive for me to stay on my diet and exercise to keep my body fit.

Type1Lou 2014-07-10 12:50:16 -0500 Report

No one is too young to get diabetes. It affects infants to senior citizens and many in between. Some who abuse their bodies will never get it while others are affected. Some may have not abused their bodies and still get diabetes. Could the binge drinking have brought it on? Maybe. But don't agonize about that. You are now on alert that you have diabetes. Learn what steps you can take to better manage your condition and get your BG's back in range, then actively take those needed steps. In my case, it was re-learning how to eat by limiting my carbohydrate intake and increasing my exercise levels. Diabetes is very manageable with the right decisions. I was diagnosed at age 27 and am now 65 and hope to live well into my 80's or more. In fact, I'm "healthier" now (except for the diabetes) and eat better now than when I was in my early 20's. I never felt diabetes limited me. Wishing you well!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-11 08:59:47 -0500 Report

Lou, young people who abuse their bodies do not realize the harm that is going to come to them as they age. I have never understood how binge drinking or drinking until you have no idea what you are doing or have done is fun.

I had a classmate from 10th-12th grade who came to school every day drunk. He brought a bottle with him. 20 years after we graduated, I saw him. Walking with a cane looking like a 90 year old man. He said his liver was messed up and because of being an alcoholic he couldn't get a transplant. I heard he died.
Baltimore City has the highest heroin addiction rate in the country and it crosses all races and economic levels. I see people of all ages chasing the stuff and they look like a bunch of zombies.

I met a woman about 10 years ago. She was working for a community association. She was talking to a group of teens. She had dropped out of school by the time she was 15 started on pot and move to heroin by the time she was 16. She had been clean for the first time in her life for one year and she was 75. She looked much older than that.

She was on dialysis, had a bad liver and was diabetic. She had a prison record as long as she was tall. She said she wasted her entire life by being a drug addict.

I agree with you, no one is too young or too old for diabetes, cancer, heart problems or other medical problems but when you abuse your body you open the door for everything. Unfortunately some of today's young people don't learn this until they have a disease.