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Beer and blood sugar

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Aaron D, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. Aaron D

    Aaron D Prediabetes · Member

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    Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, I couldn't find it...

    Firstly, I understand alcohol will cause hypoglycemia by inhibiting the liver's release of glycogen into the blood stream. Got that here: https://www.diabetes.co.uk/alcohol-and-hypoglycemia.html

    And I also have read that beer contains calories and carbs, but virtually zero sugars--because they have been fermented out into alcohol. Not only a nasty Bud Light, but a good pale ale or an imperial stout, even, contains ZERO g of sugar! Got that from here (and other places): http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/76068149

    So my question is: Does consumption of beer contribute to a higher A1C number?

    Background: I am called "pre-diabetic" by my doctor, but not diabetic yet. 59 years old, my BMI is under 20, I don't smoke and I cycle 100-150 km per week (sort of fast). I've adjusted to a low carb, high fat diet and feel great. Lots of anecdotal health improvements, and I've kept my A1C a couple tics below "diabetic" for 3-4 years now. I don't worry about hypos, because I don't medicate. I'd just like to enjoy a reasonable amount of real beer without the guilt trip.

    This question of beer and blood sugar has had me aggravated for a long while--so much misinformation and dire warnings with NO explanation. This site is the very best I've found, so I'm putting it to you fine folks.

    Thanks in advance!

    A
     
  2. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    from https://www.livestrong.com/article/297757-pale-ale-beer-calories/

    I often find that MyFitnessPal info need checking : (
     
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  3. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    forgot to add - carbs are sugars. sugars are carbs. ou may want to get a bit more info on that, This is a good place:

    https://www.dietdoctor.com/

    It says Keto on the front page, but it all about the carbs and how to find them and how many are in what.
     
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  4. Aaron D

    Aaron D Prediabetes · Member

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    DOH! Sorry about that! That page was showing 0 g sugars until I hit the refresh button and it went to 6 g. Still not as bad as I expected, but now I'M the one one spreading disinformation!

    Sam Smith was showing 0 g sugars, but it popped from 0 G to 18 g. That 0 got me all excited! I think it may be that it shows results for a 1 oz. serving by default and you have to manually choose 12 oz. Who drinks an ounce of beer and calls it a night?

    Pretty dubious anyway. 61 g of protein in a Bass? 13 g of fat? Seems unlikely...

    BassPaleAle.png SamSmithImperialStout.png
     
  5. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    yeah, the livestrong link I put in my post up thread has a lot more reliable info on this, and others.

    myfitnesspal is only what other people have put into their database. Its user led. I have just discovered that what I thought was the value for a 14g portion of butter is wrong. No wonder I am not losing weight.
     
  6. Aaron D

    Aaron D Prediabetes · Member

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    That diet doctor link is really good--thank you! I gotta make some of their granola bars...

    Glad to see you and your cat avoiding gamma rays! or is it B-52s? Good idea either way.
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If I told you what I am avoiding, I would have to kill you................LOLOLOL

    (wanders off whistling the theme tune from War of the Worlds)
     
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