Robert C. H.
By Robert C. H. Latest Reply 2012-07-26 16:50:56 -0500
Started 2010-06-10 10:34:57 -0500

How does Alcohol affect diabetes, I never see it mentioned much except the occasional mention of beer?

7 replies

kdroberts 2010-06-11 07:30:35 -0500 Report

It depends on the alcohol. Stuff like vodka and whiskey contains no carbs and will not raise blood sugar, but they can lower it by inhibiting the liver from releasing glucose when it normally does. Everything else is dependent on the other stuff in it. Mixed drinks will depend on what the mixer contains. Beer has carbs in it because not all the sugars are fermented, a good rule of thumb here is for regular beer the higher the alcohol the more carbs the beer will have. Some can have as few as 2g of carb, some can be up around the 40g+ mark. Wine is variable as well depending on the type. A dry wine doesn't have many carbs, a sweet wine can have a huge amount.

Some medications can interact with alcohol so it's a good idea to check that out. Also, alcohol can make you forget to do the things you need to do like take medications and can lower your judgment so you may eat things that you normally wouldn't.

I don't see much wrong with alcohol for diabetics as long as you take everything into consideration and don't go crazy.

Anonymous 2010-06-10 17:01:59 -0500 Report

The sugars in the brewing process of alcohol is eaten up by bacteria and converted into the alcohol itself. The same for the yeast. Alcohol can NOT be turned into glucose, it's more like a fat than a starch (even raises triglycerides).
Some cases show that small amounts of alcohol can raise your BS, however, alcohol tends to lower your BS scores. If you do decide to take in alcohol, talk to your doctor first. And if you do decide to still have a drink, keep checking your BS constantly.

ston3xc 2010-06-10 15:56:11 -0500 Report

They use sugar in the brewing of most alcohols, need I say more? And with beer, the yeast turns into glucose in the blood stream.

kdroberts 2010-06-11 07:32:36 -0500 Report

This is pretty much 100% false. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt with your first sentence but I have a feeling that you mean a completely different thing than the reality.

ston3xc 2010-06-11 17:49:30 -0500 Report

Oops, I stand corrected! A doctor told me years and years ago that alcohol would raise my bs and I should stay away from it. I was never a drinker anyway, so it didn't bother me and I never had a desire to research it. I've always preferred to eat my carbs and calories instead of drinking them. That's why this site is so helpful and educational!