Is Wine Bad for Diabetics ?

Is Wine Bad for Diabetics ?

According to Washington Post Article, only 30% of American adults don’t drink alcohol at all, it means that drinking a glass of wine with dinner every night or consuming cans of beer every day is a common for adults in US. The problem is when you have diabetes, drinking wine or beer may cause your blood sugar level to rise or fall. Especially for Type 1 DM, consuming alcohol can cause a drop in your blood glucose level because alcohol blocks the production of glucose in the liver. If the liver’s stores of glucose are used up, you cannot make more right away, it needs times to produce. Consuming alcohol also can lead to dangerously low blood glucose. Meanwhile beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates that can raise your blood glucose.
Once you consuming alcohol, it processed by your liver, which is responsible for removing toxins including medicines, so if you taking medication pills, drinking too much alcohol can cause damage to your liver. Be sure to discuss with your doctor if you still want to consume wine or beer, because you have a different condition with others that also have diabetes. Your doctor knows exactly what is your safe of standard drink per week.
The effect of consuming alcohol on diabetics include :
• Stimulates your appetite, can cause you to over eat and may affect your blood sugar control.
• More difficult to lose weight because of calories contain in alcohol drink.
• Can interfere with the effects of diabetes medicines.
• May increase blood pressure.
• Can cause flushing, nausea, increased heart rate.
The human physical fact is up to 60% of the human adult body is water, not alcohol. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%. It is wise and healthier to take just a glass water when you are thirsty. But if you still cannot afford to consume alcohol, you can follow these following tips :
• Do not drink on an empty stomach or when your blood glucose is low
• Drink alcohol ONLY with food
• Avoid sugary mixed drinks, sweet wines, or cordials
• Always wear an I.D. that notes you are diabetic, it keeps you safe in case you are being drunk and get a hypoglycaemia
Following are references of alcohol types based on carbs and calories :

Spirits / Cocktails (per standard drink)CarbsCalories
Dry Martini048
Vodka064
Tequila064
Rum064
Brandy065
Whiskey070
Cognac0104
Manhattan2129
Daquiri4111
Bloody Mary7123
Margarita8153
Cosmopolitan Cocktail13212
Gin & Tonic16110
Lime Margarita17110
White Russian17257
Mojito25217
Vodka & Orange Juice28181
PIÑA Colada32245
Smirnoff Ice (Grape)35.5228
Mike’s Hard Lemonade33220
Rum & Coke39150
Bacardi Breezer39221

Red Wines (per standard drink)CarbsCalories
Dry red wine285
Pinot noir2.381
Merlot2.583
Sherry3.568
Grenache3.9123
Shiraz4122
Zinfandel4.2133
Port679

White Wines (per standard drink)CarbsCalories
Champagne178
Dry white277
Chardonnay2.584
Sauvignon Blanc3121
Riesling5.5123
Muscat7.8124
Moscato11127
Dessert wines14-20160

Beer (per standard bottle/can)CarbsCalories
Bud Select Light Beer1.955
Michelob Ultra Beer2.695
Miller Light Beer3.2128
Natural Light3.295
Bud Ice Beer4164
Coors Light5102
Keystone Light5104
Busch Light6105
Budweiser Beer11145
Heineken Beer11150
Victoria Bitter Beer1440
Corona Extra Beer14148
Guinness Stout Beer14176

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