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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 pancreas.

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.

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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