Alcohol and Type 2 Diabetes

Alcohol and Type 2 Diabetes


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Alcohol and Type 2 Diabetes

, Alcohol and Type 2 DiabetesIf you are diabetic and if you are also fond of drinking, you might be in dilemma and in a state of confusion, whether you can drink alcohol or not, if you can drink, how much you can drink and when you should drink. There may be many more practical questions about drinking and diabetes. Most diabetics have same dilemma. You should be cautious about alcohol, if you are type 1 or type 2 diabetic.

If you are diabetic, you need to be cautious with alcohol, because alcohol can cause hypoglycemia, which is more dangerous (because effects occurs immediately) than hyperglycemia. Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia in short time and up to 24 hours after drinking. So, be cautious and if you want a drink or two, check your blood sugar level and make sure your blood sugar is at safe level, which is between 100-140 mg/dL. If blood sugar is less than 100 mg/dL, eat something to increase your blood sugar level before drinking alcohol. Many oral hypoglycemic drugs act by increasing insulin level and it is important not to drink when your stomach is empty.

Be familiar with symptoms of hypoglycemia (which you may be aware of, as most diabetics are aware of hypoglycemia symptoms by their experience), which include sleepiness, dizziness, headache, sweating, palpitation, disorientation etc. and take action to improve blood sugar level (such as eating biscuits, sugar or glucose) when you have any of these symptoms.

Some guidelines that ADA (American Diabetes Association) recommends about alcohol and diabetes (type 2 and type 1):

  • Moderation is the key, when it comes to drinking alcohol (whether you are a diabetic or a non-diabetic). Take alcohol in moderation and along with food. Discuss about alcohol and type 2 diabetes with your treating doctor and healthcare team.
  • Men should drink not more than 2 drinks a day.
  • Women should not drink more than 1 drink per day, because women can tolerate alcohol worst than men.
  • If you are regular drinker (several days/times a week), make sure your doctors knows it, so that he/she can give you medications accordingly and advise you.

Some tips about safe drinking if you are diabetic:

  • Never take more than recommended by your doctor or healthcare provider.
  • Check blood sugar before drinking and drink only when blood sugar is at safe level (100-140 mg/dL).
  • Do not forget to keep an ID that says you are diabetic, wherever you go, including while drinking.
  • Keep a diet drink at your disposal to quench your thirst while drinking.
  • Drink slowly, which can help prevent hypoglycemia.
  • Mix alcohol with plain water, diet soda or other zero calorie drinks.
  • Do not drive after taking alcohol for several hours
  • Ideally, you should drink with meal or snacks. Some snacks that are good include popcorn, vegetable/fruit salad, and fat free yogurt.
  • Get a qualified dietician and ask him/her to fit alcohol in your diet, which is the best way to avoid complications of alcohol drinking if you are diabetic.

Follow the tips and ADA guidelines for drinking alcohol and type 2 diabetes (type 1 diabetes also) and stay way from trouble.

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