Diabetic friendly drinks

By HelloKristi Latest Reply 2014-08-10 17:18:09 -0500
Started 2014-07-29 10:19:50 -0500

So I have felt icky since Sunday morning… Saturday night I went out for the first time in months and well… Had way to many Washington Apples! Those are loaded with sugar! So I was wondering if anyone has suggestions as to something I can drink when I do go out on occasion!?

12 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-10 17:18:09 -0500 Report

In my earlier days with diabetes, I would order a club soda with lemon or lime wedge…it looked like a "drink" but didn't affect my BG. I now allow myself a glass of dry wine or 2 at the most on special occasions since wine makes my BG drop.

GabbyPA 2014-08-02 06:11:07 -0500 Report

I love the hard ciders too, they are good. Angry Orchard with cinnamon is my favorite. The main thing is knowing how your body reacts to anything you put into it, not just on the "buzz" level. Hard liquor has fewer carbs in it, but may drop your glucose levels if you are not careful. Mixed sweet drinks often can raise your levels because they go down so much quicker and it's easy to loose track of how many you have had.

Another caution is that people cannot usually tell the difference from someone being drunk or having a low episode, and it would be really bad if someone asked you to "sleep it off" when what you really need is a treatment for a low. So I always recommend if you are going out with friends that someone knows what to watch for. (I am not advocating getting drunk, but it's better to be prepared if you know you have a weakness there)

All that being said, I would stick to one drink while you're out and keep it as low carb as you can and make sure to eat something with it. You can make those judgements based on the ingredients in your drink. Something like a Martini or Bloody Mary is going to do better than a Daqueri or Screwdriver (I am sure I am dating myself right now. LOL) Test before you go out and like I said, have a friend who can keep an eye on you in case you get into any trouble.

Kats49 2014-07-31 15:19:06 -0500 Report

I learned to like club soda with lime wedges or you can ask for a splash of sweet/sour syrup

Glucerna 2014-07-29 16:11:30 -0500 Report

The American Diabetes Association has some guidelines on alcohol here: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food... First, check with your doctor to be sure alcohol is OK, especially if you take any medication. Some of the suggestions for lower-sugar alcoholic beverages are white wine spritzers with club soda, or using sugar-free mixers. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-07-29 14:31:22 -0500 Report

are we talking "adult libations"?
"Washington Apple" - Crown Royal, apple schnapps, cranberry juice.
without going into the evils of alcohol lecture …
avoid liqueurs (like schnapps), try for sugar free mixers, or opt for a dry red or white wine … or maybe light beer.
Most importantly do not forget to test frequently while drinking and to eat something before starting, during and before going to bed


jayabee52 2014-07-29 14:16:11 -0500 Report

Howdy Kristi
Bottled water is the safest. One can also drink non sweet teas, iced or hot. (I had an acquaintence who would order a hot water, without the teabag - she claimed it kept her from getting constipted She is 93 yo)

There are also "diet" versions of soda one can drink in a pinch (although I would generally not recommend anything sweetened by a non-caloric sweetner)

If you ate the apples, a small one is ok since it has fiber in it and shouldn't raise one's BG too badly, However if you took those apples in liquid form (cider or applejuice) it will raise one's BG rather quickly.

Pray this has been of help