drinking beer

By Toosavehim Latest Reply 2010-12-02 16:13:12 -0600
Started 2010-12-01 02:12:39 -0600

can some one explain to me how drinking beer effects diabets type 1&2

4 replies

Nick n.
Nick n. 2010-12-02 16:13:12 -0600 Report

I am a college student in my third year and needless to say i drink all the time. Anytime I drink (more than a couple) i put my insulin pump on a temporary rate of about 70%. Alcohol makes your BS spike really high, but if you correct for it you will crash in the middle of the night most likely. I usually do not give myself any insulin for alcohol and I make sure to eat something hardy before I go to sleep. So far I have no had anything close to a diabetic emergency.

I probably revealed a bit about myself in the that one and I don't think you were talking about binge drinking, but you can drink without worrying as long as you make sure to eat.

CaliKo 2010-12-01 09:08:29 -0600 Report

Beer is full of carbs, you need to check the label or look it up in a calorie king and allow for the carbs in your meal plan. The alcohol does interfere will the liver attempting to regulate blood glucose, so testing often is good if you are drinking more than one. I'm a non-medicated T2, so I don't know about T1 or insulin needs. I stick to a glass of wine with fewer carbs (unless I'm out dancing and I nurse one beer along all night since I'm exercising). Big danger with drinking is that a low blood glucose episode might just look like drunk to someone who doesn't know better and just put you to bed instead of making you eat something. Good to have someone with you who knows what to do, and of course, drink in moderation. Good luck!

Gwinn 2010-12-01 08:06:03 -0600 Report

alcohol lowers your blood sugar.

GTLovelace 2010-12-02 15:18:38 -0600 Report

As Gwinn says, the beer though it has carbs, because of the alcohol it will LOWER your Bgs. A common mistake is people bolusing for beer and going low and the police thinking it is all just alcohol making them act crazy. Test OFTEN