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Should Diabetes Consume Alcohol dinksl and wine

Should people with diabetes drink alcohol? That is a question ask by many diabetics. The answer is you are able to dink alcohol but in moderation. The American Diabetes Association recommends that maximum of 2 drinks a day for man and 1 drink a day for woman. In reality it is going to be better for you to avoid drinking alcohol so that you are not going to have to worry about any complications that may come about. Also, it is really not a good idea mixing alcohol with any kind of medication. People with diabetes should consult their doctor about the use of alcohol with the medications that they are taking.

How Alcohol Affect Diabetes?

Alcohol can make blood glucose too high or too low. Moderate amount of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise but excess alcohol can actually decrease our blood sugar level even to an unsafe level. When we drink, the alcohol goes from our stomach straight into our blood. Within 30 to 90 minutes after drinking, the alcohol in our bloodstream hit its highest point. It takes our liver about 2 hours to break down one drink. When there is no alcohol in our blood, our liver keeps blood sugar level from going too low by changing stored carbohydrate into glucose, the glucose is then release into our blood. If we drink alcohol faster than our liver can breaks it down, the liver will be busy breaking down alcohol and therefore will not be able to release glucose into our blood. This cause our blood glucose continue to drop and we may end up with very low blood sugar.

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines For Diabetes :

  • Alcohol should only be used if your diabetes is under good control and with your doctor's prescription.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol with any kind of medication - alcohol can interfere the effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.
  • Drink not more than 2 drinks per day.
  • Do not drink when your stomach is empty in order to prevent very low blood sugar level.
  • Drink slowly to make sure that you liver have enough time to break down the alcohol.
  • Choose your drinks, select drinks that are lower in alcohol and sugar - dry wine, light beer, or unsweetened liquor (whiskey, brandy, rum, vodka or gin) mixed with plenty of low calorie mixer, club soda or water are better than other alcoholics drinks.
  • Stick with sugar-free mixers such as diet soda, diet tonic, club soda or seltzer for mixed drinks.
  • Always check your blood glucose after you drink to see how alcohol affects you
  • Include alcohol's calories into your daily calorie count.

Alcohol Diabetic Food Exchange Table

Drink Amount Exchanges
Non-alcoholic beer 12 fl oz 1 starch
Light beer 12 fl oz 2 fats
Regular beer 12 fl oz 2 fats, 1 starch
Non-alcoholic wine 4 fl oz 1/2 fruit
Dry wine 4 fl oz 2 fats
Sweet wine 4 fl oz 2 fats, 1/2 starch
Wine cooler 12 fl oz 2 fats, 2 fruits
Liqueurs, cordials 1.5 fl oz 2 fats, 1 starch
Daiquiri 4 fl oz 2 fats
Bloody Mary 5 fl oz 2 fats, 1 vegetable
Gin, rum, vodka, whisky, brandy 1.5 fl oz 2 fats

Alcohol Nutrition Facts Table

Drink Amount Carb.* Grams Calories
Non-alcoholic beer 12 fl oz 12 60
Light beer 12 fl oz 5 100
Regular beer 12 fl oz 13 150
Non-alcoholic wine 4 fl oz 6-7 25-35
Dry wine 4 fl oz 0-2 80-85
Sweet wine 4 fl oz 6-7 105
Wine cooler 12 fl oz 30 215
Liqueurs, cordials 1.5 fl oz 18 160
Daiquiri 4 fl oz 2 220
Bloody Mary 5 fl oz 5 115
Gin, rum, vodka, whisky, brandy 1.5 fl oz 0 100

 


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