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Alcohol

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Barrowbakers, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Barrowbakers

    Barrowbakers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Like most people I enjoy my wine and whisky! My query is quantity - and I’m not talking about government guidelines although agree in moderation. My last two HBA1C have been 5.7 and 5.8.
    I know if you test after a 3 glasses of wine the bs is reduced but am I doing any harm as long as I don’t regain any of the 4 stone I lost.
    In other words does the alcohol react badly with a type 2 diabetic?
     
  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Not more than in non diabetics, as far as I know, as long as it doesn't give you hypo's later in the night. Only relevant if on glucose lowering medication.
     
  3. Barrowbakers

    Barrowbakers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I only drop to about 4.5 min at bedtime and back to 6.0 at awakening
     
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    Barrowbakers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And only on one metformin 500mg a day
     
  5. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There’s possibly an argument to be made that it may exacerbate fatty liver in an insulin resistant diabetic, but I have no idea if that would be true. I am teetotal but that’s just a personal choice.
     
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    Traceymac23 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I like a drink but I find the biggest drawback for me if I have a few ciders is increased smoking and all of the implications of that.

    I normally test first to see if my bg has enough leeway to handle it as I do with all naughty treats
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I drink a low carb mid strength beer on a regular basis, I also like single malt whisky. I do not go out of my way to end up #^%$ faced on alcohol though.
     
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    enb54 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Have found that sweet liquers (sambuca, Bailey's) and beers like my favourites "Guiness" and "Traditional" make blood sugars rise uncomfortably so limit beer consumption to one per week. Red wine (dry) and hard liquor do not seem to appreciably increase blood glucose levels but then again I don't get "likkered" on the stuff. Your blood glucose monitor is your best friend when determining what refreshing beverages you can and cannot (or should not) drink.
     
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    tottenham11 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I drink quite heavily at weekends and am starting to control this as only recently diagnosed!? Any advice on good things to drink?
     
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    Adm_Mad Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @tottenham11 It looks like high alcohol spirits like vodka, gin, whiskey, are very low carb but you need to be careful what mixers if any you use. From what I've looked at, 40% and above spirits seem to be okay, but anything below that is more likely to have lots of added flavourings etc including sugar.

    I love G&T's but haaaaate diet tonic water, so looks like I'll be switching to vodka, soda and a twist of lemon or lime. Thank god it looks like the Absolut flavoured vodkas are still very low carb.
     
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    enb54 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Tequila and carbonated water with a lemon chunk is pretty nice for me, but rum and diet Pepsi/Coke is also a favourite (favorite?). Anything that does not make your blood glucose go up is OK, so some experimentation is likely in order. We Canadians get to spell our words in Bringlish and Ameringlish, either/or...
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The spiced rum (not tried the other sort) raised my BGs but its quite sweet.

    i drink in moderation, rarely more than two drinks because since i started low carbing alcohol seems to affect me very quickly. Nowadays I choose from red wine, dry sparkling wines like champagne, Prosecco or Cava and gin or vodka and slimline tonic. Particularly nice was vodka with Schweppes elderflower tonic. None of these seem to affect my BG - but any kind of beer or - worse - cider makes it go up very quickly.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Spiced rum is a favourite of mine but they vary in the amount of carbs. Captain Morgan Original is 0.5g in 50ml, Parrot Bay is about 8g in 50ml. It is very difficult to find carb content you can trust, the likes of FatSecret seem to guesses by members of the public. I would like to try Kraken, anyone with any experience?
     
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    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried with diet lemonade instead of tonic? Not a Gin drinker myself but my sister hates all tonic so has with lemonade
     
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    SGR1806-20 Type 2 · Member

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    Kraken is my favourite spiced rum, but I haven't tried it since I was diagnosed. I might have to try and experiment with it this weekend to see what it does to my BG.
     
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    enb54 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I tried 2 shots of Kraken before bed Saturday night and it didn't seem to make a lot of difference but I also ate some nuts and my morning FBG was a bit higher than I expected (5.9 instead of 5.3). I'll test again later this week...
     
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    oopsupside Type 2 · Active Member

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    I really enjoy the very occasional dark rum. I will miss this if I can’t have a couple here and there.

    I also love Kahlua coffee liqueur and have a fear that I won’t be able to have a few in extreme moderation

    I’m newly diagnosed type 2

    David
     
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    Sapien Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    My understanding is that the conventional wisdom is that a small amount of alcohol can improve insulin sensitivity, but larger amounts (more than a couple drinks) will not help and likely worsen insulin sensitivity.

    https://betterbodychemistry.com/obesity/weekend-beers-insulin-resistance/

    https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/diabetes/17936-red-wine-dinner-new-study-says-yes-you-can

    There are some studies that suggest that even moderate alcohol consumption can hurt insulin sensitivity.

    https://www.endocrineweb.com/amp/18809
     
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  19. Peadair O Brionn

    Peadair O Brionn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I like a drink at the weekend . 2 pints of Coors light and a few vodkas and Diet Coke or a bottle of red and a couple of single malts on a Saturday . Keeps me sane . Then LCHF all week .
     
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    oopsupside Type 2 · Active Member

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    Thanks for that. I'm just going to stick with a few dark rums in coffee :) David
     
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