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Alcoholic Beverages and Alcohol Free Drinks for Diabetics: Update 1/6/2010
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My question is Do you
drink alcohoholic beverages? if so what do they do to your blood
glucose and how do you take advantage of and cope with it?
This article I found explains the method by which alcohol actually
increases insulin production :
How Does Alcohol Lower Blood Sugar?
Diabetes is not only a risk factor of heart disease but also a
serious medical disorder. Diabetics who do not have their blood
sugar levels managed properly will lead them to many other
complications and in some serious situations, blindness, amputation
and even death can just happen to them.
In the past, drinking alcohol beverages has been known to lower
blood sugar levels in diabetics. And now, results of a new study on
animal, conducted by a group of researchers from the Karolinska
Institute in Stockholm, revealed the mechanisms involved. The
findings that were published in the journal Endocrinology show that
alcohol produces a massive redistribution of blood flow within the
According to what was observed in the study, alcohol seems to send
more blood to a region of the pancreas called the islets. The islets
contain cells whose main function is to produce insulin, the key
hormone that lowers blood sugar levels in the body.
Using various techniques, the researchers showed that pancreatic
islet blood flow is increased by about 4 folds in rats after an
injection of ethanol. Overall blood flow to pancreas, by contrast,
was not affected. The alcohol injection also led to increased
insulin secretion, resulting in low glucose levels.
Further study also showed that alcohol induced pancreatic blood flow
changes by affecting a chemical called nitric oxide and the vagus
nerve, a nerve that is responsible for sending many important
signals in the body.
Based on the results obtained from the study, the researchers
recommend doctors to advise their diabetic patients, especially
those with liver problems, to be very careful with alcohol, if they
are taking drugs to lower blood glucose, since these drugs may
increase the effects of alcohol. www.tudiabetes.org
Diabetes Type II and Alcoholic Drink
Do you suffer from
type 2 diabetes then you are probably wondering almost every one
will advise not to take hard drinks. The first thing you must
realize is that alcohol can either lower or raise your blood sugar
levels. This all depends on how much you drink as well as what foods
(if any) you have eaten.
Before considering drinking any alcoholic beverage, it is imperative
that you consult with your diabetes health care specialist. They can
take stock of your current condition and your treatments in order to
assess whether it is safe for you to drink alcohol or not. A
good rule of when drinking alcohol is to ensure that your blood
sugar levels are in your normal target range. Never drink when your
blood sugar is too high or too low.
Just like the advice given to people that do not have diabetes, it
is recommended that you limit your consumption of alcohol to two
drinks each day if you're male. If you're a woman, than the
recommended amount is one drink each day. The amount of "one drink"
will vary of depending upon the strength of the alcohol chosen. For
example, it takes a much smaller amount of hard liquor to measure
one drink than a glass of wine or a glass of beer would. Never
drink alcohol on an empty stomach. In fact, it is best to combine
your drink with a carbohydrate snack.
When a diabetic
drinks, the alcohol makes it more difficult to know how low your
blood sugar is. If you're going to drink than try to have a friend
or family member who is close to you that knows about your diabetes
and can help treat low blood sugar if needed.
It is best to stay clear from alcoholic drinks that are high in
sugar content. Such drinks would include hard liquor mixed with high
fructose mixes, wine coolers, and sweet wines.
An obvious tip, one
that is unfortunately ignored, is to never drink if you are
pregnant. This advice should go for every woman and not diabetics.
If you are experiencing other medical problems as a result of your
diabetes then it is best to skip alcohol altogether. Even if your
complications are not the result of your diabetes, alcohol should be
still be ignored because it can make the problems worse.
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