Alcohol And It's Effect To Your Diabetic Body - Dr SfurtiMann
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Important points one must know about alcohol and its effect on your diabetic body

Foot problems

i) % of complication in diabetes= 22.9%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 10%

Chronic kidney disease

i) % of complication in diabetes= 27.8%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 6.1%


i) % of complication in diabetes= 6.6%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 1.8%

Congestive heart failure

i) % of complication in diabetes= 7.9%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 1.1%

Coronary heart disease

i) % of complication in diabetes= 9.1%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 2.1%

Chest pain

i) % of complication in diabetes= 9.5%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 1.7%

Heart attack

i) % of complication in diabetes= 9.8%

ii) % of complication in non-diabetes= 1.8%

Alcohol poisoning

1-Signs of alcohol poisoning

  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing
  • Hypothermia
  • Blue or pale skin

2-Effects if untreated

  • Choking on vomit
  • Stopped breathing
  • Hypothermia
  • Severe dehydration
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Death

3-Percentage of alcohol

  • 12 Fl oz of beer: 5%
  • 8-9 Fl oz of beer: 7%
  • 5 Fl oz of beer: 12%
  • 1.5 Fl oz of beer: 40%

4-What to do

  • Know danger signs
  • Do not wait for all sign
  • Call 911

4-Diabetes and drinking:

  • Do not skip the food
  • Avoid craft beers
  • Sip your drink slowly
  • Wear identification
  • Do not drink with low glucose
  • Do not drive for several hours
  • Choose calorie free drink mixers
  • Try a light beer or a wine spritzer
  • Do not count alcohol as a carb choice
  • Have a zero calorie beverage for hydration
Diabetes and alcohol:
Talk to your doctor:

Be sure to get your medical team’s recommendations about whether drinking alcohol is safe for you.

Glucagon will not help:

Treat alcohol induced hypogluycema, after 1 or 2 drinks, your liver’s primary function is cleaning the alcohol from your blood, not producing and releasing glucose. Glucagon will not work until your liver is finished with this process.

Carry identification:

medical alert bracelet, wallet card etc. that says you have diabetes

Know your drinks:

know the alcohol level of beer and wines, know the proof of distilled spirits, know the carbohydrates, juicies, sodas, and mixers

Educate your drinking buddies:

Your drinking buddies should have a working understanding of type-1 diabetes, they should know you have diabetes and what to do in an emergency, especially because intoxication can look like hypoglycemia.

Eat a snack:

Never drink on an empty stomach once you start drinking, your liver will stop producing glucose and you will need it from food to prevent hypoglucemia.

Be prepared:
  • Bring your blood testing kit
  • Bring glucose tablets or gels
  • Make sure your drinking buddies know
  • What to do if you go low
  • Have a backup plan to get home
  • Test your blood:

    You know why, just do it

    Exercise and alcohol:

    Do not mix both exercise and drinking as it result in lower blood sugar levels

    After the party:

    Remember alcohol can lower your blood sugar hours after you have consumed it. Before you go to bed, check your blood sugar and have a snack to be safe. If you drank a lot, consider setting an alarm to wake up to test your blood in the middle of the night.

    Alcohol and sugar level: Why diabetics should say no to alcohol?
    • Moderate amount of alcohol may increase blood sugar level
    • High amount of alcohol cause severe hypoglycemia
    • Overall consumption of alcohol can cause increased blood sugar, hunger, triglyceride level, and weight.

Related Topics

Effect of Alcohol on Diabetes
Alcohol in Different Beverages

Dr. Sfurti Mann is a passionate, and caring physician completely dedicated to the health and well being of her patients.Her philosophy of health care is early detection, prevention, and early intervention in order to prevent serious multi-system illnesses.


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