Type 2 diabetics primarily focus on food when trying to manage their condition. But many diabetics also like to occasionally indulge in alcohol. Does having Type 2 diabetes prevent someone from consuming alcohol? Not at all, as long as they follow some basic, simple rules.

When you take a look at alcohol, many focus on the calories or the sugar intake. While this is still good advice, it is not the extent of the concerns.

Some forms of alcohol contain high levels of carbs. Beer is a prime example of this. When a diabetic consumes beer, they have to be concerned about the carb intake, as well as the calories and/or the sugar.

Did you know alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to rise AND fall? It’s true. How can it do both? Because whether blood sugar is raised or lowered depends on how much alcohol you consume. While having moderate amounts of alcohol can raise sugar levels, drinking excessive amounts can actually cause lower blood sugar levels.

When you drink, your liver concentrates on clearing the alcohol from your body instead of what it should be doing, which is releasing glucose in order to maintain steady blood sugar levels. The result can then be low blood sugar.

Alcohol consumption can also directly interfere with many different types of medications, including diabetes medications. This is particularly true of insulin and several oral medications. Some medications cannot be combined with alcohol… at all. Make sure if the mixture you have been prescribed is safe to mix with alcohol or, is it not only ill-advised but dangerous as well… BEFORE pouring a drink. Some medications can cause seizures and even place you into a coma if mixed with alcohol.

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