DMW, I'm glad your numbers have been lower, so there's something you're doing right. Read back over the past posts in this forum about how those of us controlling the blood sugar numbers by diet and exercise are doing this. Several of us here don't take any meds for diabetes and have been pretty successful by cutting down or eliminating the carbs, eating more vegetables and exercising regularly. I've cut my fasting numbers dramatically since the fall by doing exactly that. Even overeating the "good" food will result in high fasting numbers. The key is you have to keep a record of what you eat and then adjust the diet accordingly - and, again, read back over the past entries here and you'll most likely have better blood sugar readings now.
I'm all for the beer
I don't find that water lowers my BG, no matter how much I drink, but I do drink a lot of water. My doctor told me to drink 1/2 of my body weight ( for example 100 pounds -drink 50 ounces) every day and add 8 ounces or more above that for every 1/2 hour of exercise + 2 extra cups for every cup of coffee. My kidney function is excellent- my doctor raves! And once your body gets used to being properly hydrated, you're not in the johnnie every 10 minutes.
Maybe the same would happen with the beer????joking-not encouraging alcohol abuse in any way here -sandy
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If you are not taking medication for diabetes, a glass of wine or two with a meal is fine according to my doctor. You have to keep in mind that alcohol may react with any medication anyway and should be avoided then. I would think that this is not an encouragement to abuse alcohol or to get drunk. Fortified wines like sherry, port, liqueurs or any alcoholic drinks with fruit juices or sugary additives will drive the blood sugar up and should be avoided if the drinker has problems with blood sugar levels. If you're taking meds for diabetes, alcohol can cause blood sugar to plummet, so diabetics should either avoid alcohol entirely or consult with their doctor.
You're right, Sandy. And if you're on medication, you would have to test and be sure your blood sugar level isn't going too low and probably eat something with the drink. I'm not on any meds but I have read that blood sugar levels could go too low if someone on meds drank alcohol. Maybe it's also too much demand on the liver - but I'm only supposing that. I don't think any of us were encouraging binge drinking in any way. So, I do have a glass or even two of wine with dinner to no ill effect. And actually I'm expecting my lab results today from my annual physical that I took Monday. This is an excruciating wait.
Deadman, alcohol drinks, especially beers and mixed drinks, have a lot of calories in addition to their alcohol percentage which is not healthy to consume in large doses. I think that's a concern here, too much emphasis on drinking. Least of all, consider the cost. If money is tight, why spend it on alcohol when you should be buying fresh vegetables and chicken for your nutrition? There are carbs in beers and most mixed drinks, so they may raise blood sugar. Pure alcohol itself may drop blood sugar and interfers with some meds, especially diabetes medication - and this has been mentioned a couple of times. So, the bottom line is to make wise decisions. I think AMM is right about the South Beach diet being a good one to follow. You can read about it online and follow its guidelines, no need to buy the book.