What Are Guidelines for Drinking Alcohol If I Have Diabetes?

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We know that moderate consumption of alcohol that is equivalent to one or two glasses of wine a day is actually beneficial for diabetes. It can better manage diabetes simply because of the relaxation that comes with drinking moderate amounts of alcohol but there may be also additional scientific reasons why moderate consumption of alcohol can help better manage diabetes.

However, it is important that you discuss this with your doctor because you may be on medications that may interfere with alcohol and everybody's different. Someone with diabetes may actually respond with high blood sugars after consumption of alcohol. Somebody else with diabetes may end up having low blood sugars.

So, you have to be careful when it comes to alcohol consumption. Finally, be careful about how much food you consume once you've had alcohol that's often a problem with people with diabetes that once they've had one or two glasses of wine, they end up overeating and their blood sugars go really high.

If you are on insulin, you have to be very careful that if you have given an injection of insulin, and then consume alcohol you may fall asleep and have very low blood sugars. So, if you have insulin as part of your regimen in the context type 2 diabetes, you have to be extra careful when it comes to alcohol.

But, alcohol can be consumed safely, avoid sweet alcohol, sweet drinks such as cocktail drinks or dessert drinks. Limit yourself to moderate consumption of low carb[sp?] alcohol such as wine, and perhaps vodka or gin.