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Diabetes And Alcohol

Diabetic patient should be very careful when it comes to consumption of alcohol because alcohol makes some of the complications of diabetes worse. Firstly, alcohol impacts the liver in performing its job of blood sugar regulation. Alcohol also interacts with the medicines which are prescribed to people suffering from diabetes. Even if you only occasionally drink alcohol, talk with your doctor about it so that he or she provide with the right medications for you.

There are many risk factors for  people suffering from type 2 diabetes, these include ones family history,age and ethnic background. It is also known that one is more likely to develop it if they are overweight. 

Excessive intake of alcohol  is connected with a high risk of type 2 diabetes, but the connection between alcohol and  high risk of type 2 diabetes can be a bit more complicated and staying within the doctors guidelines is the safest way to consume alcohol.

Alcohol also contains a lot of calories, which leads to increase in weight.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Alcohol interacts with diabetic medicines

Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to rapidly rise or fall, it depends on how much quantity one consumes. Some diabetes tabs (which include sulfonylureas and meglitinides) also lower blood sugar levels by spiking the pancreas to produce more insulin. Combination of the blood sugar lowering effects of the medicines with alcohol leads to hypoglycemia  also known as “insulin shock,” which is a medical emergency condition.

2. Alcohol stops your liver from doing its job

The main objective of your liver is storage of glycogen, which is the stored form of sugar, so that one would have a source of glucose when you have not consumed anything. When one consumes alcohol, the livers priority  becomes to eradicate it from the blood other then  working to maintain blood sugar levels. For this sole reason, one should not drink alcohol when your blood glucose is already low.

3. Say No To Alcohol If You Have Empty Stomach

Food slows down the absorbtion rate at which alcohol is introduced into the bloodstream. One should defiantly consume  a meal or snack having carbohydrates if  alcohol consumption is on the cards.

4. Always test blood glucose level before consumption of alcohol 

Alcohol combines ones liver’s ability to produce glucose, so it is  better to know ones blood sugar level before you having an alcoholic beverage.

5. Alcohol  consumption can cause hypoglycemia

Under few minutes of  alcohol consumption, and  upto 12 hours afterward it, alcohol can cause ones blood sugar levels to fall. After alcohol consumption, one should always monitor  blood glucose level and make sure  that it is in a safe zone. If your blood sugar level  is down, eat something to bring it up.

6. One can save Their life by slow drinking

Drinking excess of alcohol can make one feel dizzy, sleepy, and disoriented these are the same symptoms like that of hypoglycemia. One should  wear a bracelet that alerts everyone around you to the fact that you are suffering form diabetes, this is so that if you start behaving like you are intoxicated they will know that the symptoms may be due to hypoglycemia. In case you are hypoglycemic, you need to have food or glucose tablets to raise the blood sugar levels.

7. One can save their life by knowing their limit

Your doctor will tell you how much quantity of alcohol is safe for you to consume. Depending on the health condition, this might mean no alcohol at all. In few cases, women suffering from diabetes might have no more than one alcoholic beverage a day. Men will not have more than two drinks.

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