Diabetes Mellitus and Alcohol
Many diabetics upon diagnosis,may wonder if alcoholic drinks can be still enjoyed responsibly,well,the answer to that is ‘Yes’ as diabetes per se is not a bar in itself to partaking in responsible drinking,however,there are several factors that do need to be considered.
Below is a snippet from an article that was published on the mayo clinic website regarding this.
Alcohol and your body
“When you drink an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol moves quickly into the bloodstream without being metabolized in your stomach. Within five minutes of having a drink, there’s enough alcohol in your bloodstream to measure. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and for the average person it takes approximately two hours to metabolize one drink. If you drink alcohol faster than your body metabolizes it, the excess alcohol moves through your bloodstream to other parts of your body, particularly your brain. If you’ve ever gotten a “buzz” when drinking alcohol, that’s why.
If you’re on insulin, or certain oral diabetes medications, such as a sulfonylurea (glipizide, glyburide) or meglitinide (Prandin) that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin, drinking alcohol can cause a dangerous low blood sugar because your liver has to work to remove the alcohol from your blood instead of its main job to regulate your blood sugar.”