drinking and diabetes

By peace13 Latest Reply 2010-12-06 20:37:33 -0600
Started 2010-11-10 15:09:48 -0600

does anyone know how drinking effects diabetes?

15 replies

chopi 2010-11-13 15:54:30 -0600 Report

I rarely drink, but if I do I stick to vodka on the rocks. It does lower BS alittle. The purer the alcohol the better.

peace13 2010-11-10 19:39:53 -0600 Report

thankyou everyone for the help!
I usually drink wine coolers or sometime of sweet drink or rum and diet coke I dont drink beer cause I dont like it

GabbyPA 2010-11-11 09:50:35 -0600 Report

My indulgence used to be white russians...I don't drink them anymore but on very rare occasions. The Kalua is too sugary and I like them too much. Wine coolers have a pretty high sugar level as well. The best thing to do is to test after and see what they do to you. If you are prone to lows, be very careful.

peace13 2010-11-11 22:45:35 -0600 Report

im very pron to lows i have them more then highs

GabbyPA 2010-11-12 07:14:34 -0600 Report

Don't mean to sound motherly, but I will share this anyway.

If you are prone to lows, then I do suggest that if you do drink to use caution and if you drink in a social situation let people know that if you start acting drunk it might NOT be the wine talking. That is one of the most misunderstood things when a diabetic has had some drinks. The low can make you look drunk when you are not, and that can lead to someone not knowing you need help. So you really need to use your head when it comes to drinking and keep glucose tabs and your test kit with you all the time and if you can, explain to the people you are with before you begin to drink, that they may need to test your levels to see what is going on inside.

peace13 2010-11-13 15:38:04 -0600 Report

I always make sure i have my test kit with me and i have one of those glucose shots if im ever in trouble . usually when i drink its around my friends so they know that i am diabetic and try to keep an eye on me … i never knew the thing about "acting drunk" could really be low sugar

GabbyPA 2010-11-13 18:51:37 -0600 Report

Yes, that is why it is so important to have an ID bracelet or something on the car to tell cops is you are pulled over that you have diabetes. Just in case they choose to take you in for drunk driving when you really need some help for a low. There was a member that this happened to, and it was horrible.

CaliKo 2010-11-11 16:44:24 -0600 Report

oooh, I remember Kahlua - yum! Haven't had that in forever. Mostly I just drink a glass of wine now.

RAYT721 2010-11-10 20:43:46 -0600 Report

Can I have your beer??? :) hiccup.

Alcohol has empty calories so if you're gonna have calories try to fill them up with nutrition. Again, moderation of alcohol or carbs or plain natural white sugar or fat or whatever is not a bad thing but it's your meter that really tells the story of what's right or wrong for you.

Eversinging1 2010-11-10 19:34:11 -0600 Report

Most hard liquors have no carbs at all. I've been trying to mix them with no carb soft drinks for some interesting cocktails! lol I know that Bud Light Lime does not adversely affect me even though there are like 8 or 9 carbs in a bottle.

Harlen 2010-11-10 19:06:00 -0600 Report

You can drink all the water you like it will not afect you lol
What Ray sed lol lol lol lol
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-11-10 16:36:31 -0600 Report

Some drinking (I assume you mean alcohol) in moderation can lower your bg levels according to research but too much can work the other way and lead to associated issues with both mind and body and glucose. The research that I have done said 1-2 glasses of beer/wine for men is reasonable while one is recommended for women. Overindulgence of anything is bad so as with food, portion control and self control should be used.

kdroberts 2010-11-10 15:35:33 -0600 Report

It depends on what you drink, how much you drink, how you drink and what your treatment is. Alcohol itself can lower blood sugar but a lot of alcoholic drinks contain carbohydrates that will raise blood sugar. Medications can also play a part, some can react with alcohol, some when combined with alcohol will make you more likely to have low blood sugar. There is also the empty calorie argument as well. If you are trying to lose or maintain weight then it's possible that drinking and the situations you may be drinking in could lead to weight gain.

Always check with your doctor, don't drink on an empty stomach, don't over indulge and test your blood if you are in any doubt.