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Why can alcohol be bad for my health if I have diabetes?

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
Although it has calories, alcohol is not a fat, a protein, or a carbohydrate. The body considers it a poison that needs to be broken down and removed as soon as possible to prevent it from damaging cells and organs. If it moves through the bloodstream faster than it can be broken down, it affects the brain, causing impairment and intoxication. In addition, it also causes hypoglycemic symptoms because the body does not release glucose into your system until the alcohol is gone. Alcohol can accumulate in nerve cells, intensifying damage from high glucose levels, as well as raising triglycerides, blood pressure, and the risk of cataracts.

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