By mo91108 Latest Reply 2011-01-14 01:28:12 -0600
Started 2010-12-29 10:50:45 -0600

I was just wondering if any of you have had and kind of diet soda and rum, vodka, gin, or whiskey. My CDE told me I could have a basically noncarb drink with diet soda, and one of the 4 alcoholic beverages above. If you have had this drink how did it affect your blood sugars?

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mitzy150 2011-01-08 00:49:00 -0600 Report

If I drink my blood always goes low afterward no matter what I am drinking. Sometimes it takes a few hours, but it never fails, so I basically drink whatever. Cider works for me, like strongbow, because I am celiac as well and it, unlike fruity drinks doesnt bring me up too much initially. gin and tonic is good too.

mo91108 2011-01-09 12:47:55 -0600 Report

Ok I will try that. And is it hard having Diabetes and Celiac?

mitzy150 2011-01-12 23:08:15 -0600 Report

haha yeah it kind of suck. right now i havent fully developed celiac though, or i guess i am not crazily affected by it yet. when i was transitioning from a pediatric endro to an adult one they ran tests for celiac and thyroid, and my levels were insanely high for both. right now at least celiac only bothers me sometimes, especially when i am sick. i am still waiting to get a biopsy done on my stomach for it so i have to continue to eat gluten though. right now i gluten fast for a few weeks at a time and dont for a few weeks depending on how i feel. i dont think being diabetic with celiac is that much harder than anyone having it, other than i have to watch what i eat sometimes and how much insulin i take because if i eat pasta while i am sick, and my celiac is bad i require way less insulin.

mo91108 2011-01-13 12:20:25 -0600 Report

Oh wow. I have a few friends with Celiac. I thought it would be hard having a strict diet, and then I got diagnosed with Diabetes, and it really isn't that bad. Actually I haven't been so healthy in my life. Minus the Diabetes :] Well good Luck I hope everything works out good for you.

- Monica

HisTxLady 2011-01-03 13:26:00 -0600 Report

Howdy Mo I myself drink Tuaca and it does not mess with my blood sugar at all but I also drink it straight and I keep mine in the freezer so it is really cold when I do decide I want some. I have been told clear liquors are best for Diabetics but my Tuaca does me pretty good on my occasion of drinking. Which BTW are few and far between cause I don't drink much any more, I used to drink like a fish but I have wised up to that part. I do check my sugars while drinking, or I guess I should say hubby does lol, but I have never had a problem with it if I stick to my Tuaca. Good Luck and have fun and never forget the Diabetics most important word "MODERATION" .

God Bless 0:o)

mo91108 2011-01-09 12:47:12 -0600 Report

Yea thank you I am only 20 but I did all my partying as a teenager and have straightened up a lot. I don't drink much anymore, except for special occasions such as New Year's.

CaliKo 2011-01-03 12:14:13 -0600 Report

Hi Mo, I typically just have a glass of wine, or or nurse a single beer all evening if I'm out dancing. What did you choose and how did it work out?

mo91108 2011-01-09 12:45:35 -0600 Report

I had a diet rootbeer with 1 single shot of Rum. It didn't affect my blood sugars at all. I checked every hour. And actually it kept lowering, but I think that's because it was New Year's and I was dancing up a storm :]

Cait012 2011-01-03 12:01:17 -0600 Report

I drink all of those mixed with diet soda and I've found that they don't affect my blood sugars immediately but they make my sugars low for the next 1 or 2 days afterward. I just make sure to test my sugar before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning. If it is a little higher before bed after I've been drinking (unrelated to the drink but usually from something I ate), I reduce the amount of insulin I would usually take and if its low in the morning which it usually is I just have a small glass of orange juice. I usually have to reduce the amount of insulin I take for food for that day and possibly the next.

BandonBob 2010-12-29 14:19:17 -0600 Report

Scotch lowers my blood sugar. Rum even with diet cola raises it.

mo91108 2010-12-29 17:44:00 -0600 Report

huh really okay, so when you do drink, how often do you check your blood sugars?

BandonBob 2010-12-29 18:12:58 -0600 Report

I rarely drink anymore. I have given up on diet drinks and when I do have a drink I allow muself one ounce of scotch. The only regular testing I do is in the morning when I arise and then spot cheks 2 hours after meals. For a while my docotor told me I could have two drinks per day and when I did my morning readings were always low.

peace13 2010-12-29 13:35:22 -0600 Report

I was told rum with diet soda is okay
i drink rum and diet caffeine free coke sometimes and it doesnt effect my blood sugar as much as other alcoholic beverages would

mo91108 2010-12-29 17:45:27 -0600 Report

Oh ok so basically just drink it and check my sugars, I was thinking something like i shot inside a diet rootbeer.

peace13 2010-12-29 17:48:22 -0600 Report

I check my blood every 15 minutes when i am drinking.
I never had scotch
I just stick with rum cause i have never had any problems with it
vodka i avoid i have had problems with it before
also avoid real sugary mixed drinks those will make your blood sugar rise even if the alcohol content is low

mo91108 2010-12-29 17:51:33 -0600 Report

Yea thanks I was just thinking like for a social occasion like New Years. I always feel left out because everyone drinks beer, and I am still nervous to drink beer. Newbie at Diabetes. But I dont think 1 single shot should affect me too much

Cait012 2011-01-03 12:08:08 -0600 Report

I've only had diabetes for about 8 months and when I was diagnosed I was determined not to let it affect my life as a college student because I only had 2 years left to go at the time. I have been more careful about my diet and such, but I've found it is fine to drink beer in moderation. While it certainly has the potential to raise your blood sugar a little bit, if you just test a little more often while drinking, you can correct it the effects with small amounts of insulin. It is a good idea though to make sure people around you know about your condition just in case something were to happen. Hope you had a safe and happy new years!

peace13 2010-12-29 17:54:53 -0600 Report

no, one shot shouldnt hurt you
just make sure you check your blood
eat make sure you dont drink on an empty stomach that usually effects blood sugar too
and its a good idea to explain to people you around that you are diabetic so they can keep an eye on you
I dont drink beer at all i dont like the taste and that has too many carbs in it for me.
best of luck!

mo91108 2010-12-29 17:56:35 -0600 Report

Yea I live with my boyfriend who is very well informed on diabetes. He's great he knows how to give insulin check sugars and everything. Thanks for all your advice I appreciate it