My personal feelings are that you must be careful of alcohol. It can interact with other medications for diabetes. I don't use alcohol because I chose to make a healthy choices in my life style - because I have enough trouble keeping my blood sugars under control without throwing a monkey wrench into the mix. I am not preaching - just saying it isn't a good choice for a diabetic to make. You really should ask your doctor perhaps he/she can give you some ideas on how to subsitute the sugar in your alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol puts a huge burden on your liver and guess where glucose synthethesis occurs that you need to keep your blood sugar under control!! You guessed it; in your liver. Liver disease associated with diabetes is usually insidious, asymptomatic and goes undetected until a severe condition, such as liver cancer, occurs. It is a well known fact that diabetes can damage your liver. Now couple this with the added pressure that your meds are putting on your kidneys and liver . . . drinking for someone that has diabetic tendencies is just plain stupid.
Post Edited (Warren) : 6/15/2006 2:23:08 PM (GMT-6)
I too was under the impression that alcohol was bad for diabetics, but I recently found out that it was not for the reasons I thought. I was sitting in the doctors office a few months ago and was reading a health magazine and there in black and white it said that alcohol LOWERS blood sugar level. That's right it LOWERS it. When I went in to the doctor he verified it. So that is the reason one should not take alcohol with the BS meds - your bs level might go too low!!!
So I'm happily drinking my glass of red wine with dinner. Other than that, though, I do not drink alcohol.
::sighs:: Yes, the warning labels on many diabetic meds are there to keep you from drinking Alcohol and suffering a bout of hypoglycemia. HOWEVER, many of the new meds, REQUIRE the doctor to do a liver panel once every 60 to 90 days to make sure the drugs are not causing liver damage. Without going into boring technical detail, there are a whole host of diabetes drugs that put a lot of "pressure" on your liver to do more than it has been doing. Add Alcohol to the mix and its a silent long term recipe for disaster. Can one drink a night hurt you? Dunno. Do I want to risk it? Nope! I can live without it. Its bad enough that I have to take meds with a horrible track record for kidney and liver damage to begin with!
Post Edited (desertdiabetic) : 6/18/2006 9:18:47 AM (GMT-6)
However, it is inevitable that humans intake some moderate amount of alcohol, even if they never drink in their lives. This is because many of the bacteria in our intestines use alcohol fermentation as a form of respiration. This metabolic method produces alcohol as a waste product, in the same way that our metabolism results in the formation of carbon dioxide and water. Thus, we always intake some quantity of alcohol, which is produced by these benign bacteria. In fact, if we eat enough carbohydrates (a few pieces of bread, for instance), the alcohol levels in our bowels can soar to the equivalent of a few ounces of wine, some quantity of which will inevitably be absorbed by the intestinal wall, and thus circulated throughout our bloodstream. In nature, the quantity of alcohol necessary to prevent heart disease is mostly produced by these microorganisms."unquote.
hope all ya teetotallers find this interesting!
the point is well taken that in diabetics with below par liver function and those on medicines (eg:Avandia) that can harm the liver,alcohol is a definite NO-NO.
I again quote"Doll et al. (2005) published the results of a 23-year prospective study of 12,000 male British physicians aged 48-78, finding that overall mortality was significantly lower in the group consuming an average of 2-3 "units" (standard alcoholic drinks) per day than in the non-alcohol-drinking group (relative risk 0.81, confidence interval 0.76-0.87, P = 0.001). The authors noted that the causes of death that are already known to be augmentable by alcohol accounted for only 5% of the deaths (1% liver disease, 2% cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, or oesophagus, and 2% external causes of death) and were significantly elevated only among men consuming >2 units/day"THIS STUDY IS CALLED THE "PHYSICIANS HEALTH STUDY".
In a 1996 American Heart Association scientific statement, Thomas A. Pearson, MD, Ph.D noted, "A large number of observational studies have consistently demonstrated a J-shaped relation between alcohol consumption and total mortality. This relation appears to hold in men and women who are middle aged or older. The lowest mortality occurs in those who consume one or two drinks per day. In teetotalers or occasional drinkers, the rates are higher than in those consuming one or two drinks per day. In persons who consume three or more drinks per day, total mortality climbs rapidly with increasing numbers of drinks per day."
I hope this adds some spice to the on-going discussion!
Post Edited (desertdiabetic) : 6/20/2006 7:25:50 AM (GMT-6)