Date Night Dry Night : Alcohol & Diabetes

Alcohol

Wondering if alcohol is off limits with diabetes? Research has shown that there can be some health benefits such as reducing risk for heart disease. But, there are also risks. Drinking alcohol can cause a drop in blood glucose because alcohol blocks the production of glucose in the liver. (The liver contains “emergency stores” of glucose to raise your blood sugar if it drops too low.)

  • Women: no more than 1 drink per day.
  • Men: no more than 2 drinks per day.

Tips to Sip By

  • If you have diabetes, do not drink on an empty stomach or when your blood glucose is low, since your risk of low blood glucose increases after drinking.
  • If you choose to drink, follow the rules above and have it with food. This is mainly important for those on insulin and other diabetes pills that can lower blood glucose by making more insulin.
  • Don’t skip a meal if you are going to drink. (If you use carbohydrate counting to plan meals, it is important to understand how the drinks you choose affect your blood glucose and often your insulin dose will need to be decreased if having more than one drink)
  • Wear an I.D. that notes you have diabetes. If you are in a setting where people are drinking alcohol, hypoglycemia may be mistaken for being drunk.
  • Watch out for craft beers, which can have twice the alcohol and calories as a light beer.
  • For mixed drinks, choose calorie-free drink mixers like diet soda, club soda, diet tonic water or water.
  • As with anyone with or without diabetes, do not drive or plan to drive for several hours after you drink alcohol.
  • Before you drink
  • While you drink
  • Before bed and throughout the night
  • More often for up to 24 hours

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Antionette Blake

Antionette Blake

Is a multi-award winning Delaware Blogger who is also a Branding & Social Media Communications Marketing Manager/Educator — DelBlogger.com