The consumption of alcohol is one which stands to be a big issue for concern for diabetics, given the adverse effects alcohol has in the overall course of a diabetes attack.
From blood sugar levels dropping to dangerously low figures, to complications related to the followed assimilation of insulin, a number of diabetics have experienced “close calls” with alcohol consumption and the complications linked with the disorder.
One of the most well documented diabetes+alcohol scenarios takes shape in taking in too much alcohol which leads to low blood glucose levels, matched with the body’s inability to keep food down, which is consumed by a diabetic to balance or normalize his/her low blood glucose levels.
Beer is notorious for leading to the scenario, causing a huge problem for diabetics who are intent in balancing their blood sugar figures, only to find that the food they consume gets vomited after eating.
In fact a number of diabetics, particularly Type 1 Diabetics, have been rushed to hospitals after taking in too much beer and having blood glucose levels which are just too low for comfort.
Many diabetics have opted to give up alcohol consumption altogether, given the hassles and the risks they are known to impact on their conditions.
However, the American Diabetes Association knows how unfair everyday life can be for diabetics, and recommends that snacks or light meals should be taken in by a diabetic while drinking an alcoholic beverage. For diabetic men, two drinks is the advised maximum, while for diabetic women, one is slated to be enough.
More importantly, emphasis on checking one’s blood sugar levels AFTER taking in alcohol is advised for diabetics, in ensuring that they are safe from the risk of dangerously low blood sugar levels.