I had a beer.....

By vgarrison Latest Reply 2008-09-28 20:10:04 -0500
Started 2008-09-25 01:40:25 -0500

Ok so last night is my going out night. Has been for years. I was feeling quite bummed because my husband and I usually play in this game called "beer pong" (sounds silly but I love it). After I found out about my diabetes I figured I couldnt play anymore because beer is outlawed. Oh but my husbands best friend is the bartender and had the owner order a beer for me. It's called Miller Genuine 64. It has 64 calories and only 2.4 carbs. I had a beer!!!! Normally I don't even like beer, but hey it was a beer and IIII could drink it.

Has anyone else tried this beer, and what do they think? It tastes like its a little watered down, but hey I will admit I was never a beer condesuer to begin with.


12 replies

taz2020 2008-09-28 20:10:04 -0500 Report

I've never heard of it. I occasionly have a non-alcoholic beer, an O'douls. I don't really know if it's really okay to have but it hasn't seemed to affect my bg levels. Can anyone respond to these two types of beers?

Goddess 2008-09-26 21:11:06 -0500 Report

You have done well with your English. I would say it would be safe. Some of us drink a little.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-09-25 02:42:34 -0500 Report

I'm not a drinker, but from what I've read, one of the dangers for diabetics is not necessarily from the carbs in beer or other drinks sending your blood sugar higher (through that is certainly a concern). However, the real danger is if you drop low. When your liver is metabolizing the alcohol, it's like it forgets to release the stored sugars if you start to drop low. This leaves you in real danger of passing out.

Again, I'm no expert and not a drinker. But that's what I remember from what I've read.

kdroberts 2008-09-25 02:48:43 -0500 Report

You're right. I may be wrong but I think it's a much bigger issue for type 1's or people taking insulin than for others. If you go easy with it than you shouldn't run into problems, it's when you are silly or forget common sense when things can go wrong.

vgarrison 2008-09-25 02:58:10 -0500 Report

Thank you 2 so much. Yes I agree this is worth a convo with my doctor. Like I said I don't drink very often, but it was kinda nice to feel normal again. Since I have only been diagnosed for about 2 weeks and I am still getting things under control, I only had 1 beer last night. I didn't know what it would do to me, and I take my insulin at night. I had visions of screwing up my dose or having a big ole fat bruise from doing my shot wrong, so I had only 1 beer.

Gabriela - 23247
Gabriela - 23247 2008-09-26 17:26:19 -0500 Report

I'm not an alcohol fun and either my mom witch is the one with a diabetic problem…but it's an non alcoholic beer a problem, or is safe ?!?! Sorry about my english , but I've tried my best. Thank you :)

vgarrison 2008-09-27 00:17:27 -0500 Report

This perticular beer that I had the other night was not a non-alcoholic beer. It was a regular beer, just a lite one. I didn't have any problems drinking it. My numbers stayed in the same range they always do, so no spikes. YAHHH!!!

kdroberts 2008-09-27 05:55:45 -0500 Report

Actually, I would say that non alcoholic beer has more danger in it than regular. The carb content of non alcoholic beer is very high and without anything to help lower blood sugar, your numbers will go up quite a bit with just 1 beer. Plus they taste like crap too!

2008-09-27 00:40:48 -0500 Report

John; this is very interesting, because if alcohol can do that then are there other foods or drinks that you know of that do the same? Because often, my husband comes home with that real shaky-weak feeling, and has to eat right away. Other days he is fine, or maybe it is just a variable

kdroberts 2008-09-27 05:57:36 -0500 Report

Not that I know of. The feeling you describe sounds like hypoglycemia. It could be he didn't eat enough or did more activity than normal. It can also be very much medication/insulin driven.

kdroberts 2008-09-25 02:35:25 -0500 Report

Personally I wouldn't touch that beer with a 10' pole, but I'm a beer snob!

I drink beer, I wouldn't say a lot but a fair amount. I also drink scotch and wine too. Maybe up to 6 beers a week or some combination of beer, wine and scotch that adds up to something similar. I didn't drink for a while when I was getting things under control but the more control I got the more comfortable I got with it. The things you have to keep in mind is that beer (and wine and possibly mixed drinks) has carbs so that will raise your blood sugar but also the alcohol can lower it and interact with medications. I generally don't drink more than a couple of beers in a sitting but if I do I may skip a dose of metformin. It's worth a conversation with your doctor.

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