Effects of Alcohol on Diabetes-Things You Must Know

Thanks to the erratic lifestyles and food habits followed by most individuals across the world, being diabetic is just a normal phenomenon. Statistics rightly point out, that as many as one fourth of the population worldwide is effected by diabetes. Many diabetic patients are asked to drink in moderate quantity for their well being. The fact that alcohol consumed by an individual is processed in the same fashion as fat consumed makes the calorie count shoot up drastically. For a diabetic patient, this may lead to increase in sugar level in the blood that might have adverse effect on the patient.


As a patient of diabetes here are a few things that you should be aware of:


  • Research points out that excessive intake of alcohol can worsen     conditions by bringing down the blood sugar level drastically. This might have fatal reactions on patients.
  • Intake of wine and beer is known to shoot up blood sugar level as they contain high quantity of carbohydrates.
  • Intake of alcohol might boost your appetite which might result in overeating.
  • If you are taking oral medications and insulin, then consuming alcohol might interfere with the medications and counter attack them.
  • Drinking Alcohol on a regular basis is also known to increase the triglyceride levels in human body.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause blurred vision, nausea, rapid heart rate and slurred speech.


The worst part is the fact that drinking alcohol on a regular basis will end up camouflaging the real symptoms of diabetes. Doctors find it difficult to actually ascertain the true state of the patient and recommend them treatment accordingly.

If, an individual is diabetic and still wants to enjoy the pleasures of drinking then follow these simple tips.

Tip 1: Whenever you do not do so on an empty stomach. Ensure that you drink with food.

Tip 2: Drink in moderate quantities. Consult your doctor to find out how much can you drink safely without the fear of causing an side or adverse affect on your body.

Tip 3: Try and abstain from alcoholic drinks that are too sweet in nature like wine and cordials.

So, if an individual is diabetic and wants to drink alcohol, he can do so in moderate and prescribed form.

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