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 Artificial Sweeteners Question?
I am not supposed to have sugar but I have a raving sweet tooth. I have heard so many bad things about artificial sweeteners. Which one's are safe? I know that splenda is not as it is closer to ...

 if you are diabetic with a A1c of 8.8 how long do you have to live?
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 i have been drinking vodka every day for almost 2 years every day im 39 what are the affecrs?

 Can I be a doctor with Diabetes?
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 whats a good home remadie for people 40 + with type 2 diabetes ?

 Best glucose monitor?

 .why do i keep gianing weight on diabetes meds?
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 My daughter's breath smells of acetone..........?
does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions about this?...

 Which is better for a diabetic person, Beer or hard liquor?
I am a mild diabetic. I had 650ml of strong beer yesterday. This is after a gap of nearly three months since I was diagnosed as diabetic. I do not find any problems or uncomfortable feeling today ...

 Could this be diabetes or what?
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Anyways, lately I've been losing my appetite/hunger ...

 What happens if you drink someones diabetic blood?
Will you die because of the insulin or what?...

 Which kind of fruits should be taken by a diabetes patient ?
please give your suggestions.

Which fruits should a person take for diet who is a patient of Diabetes?


 What is the age you get type 1 diabetes?
im 15 and wondering if i could have it?
i have frequent urination, fatigue, extreme sweating!

let me know what you think!...

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 I think I have diabetes ?
I think I have some of the symptoms of diabetes but I'm not quite sure.. I don't wanna go to the doctor and think I have diabetes when I'm far off.
These are some of the symptoms-...

 when u have your blood drawn does it hurt?
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 does the government have a program to help with prescription drugs for my wife,she is 46?
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 Type 2 and can't keep control...help?
My Dr. has me on metformin 500 mg. (1 tab 2X's dy), simvastatin 20 mg ( 1 tab dy. for cholestrol) and lisinopril (2.5 mg. ( 1 tab dy.) for BP.
I've taken milk out of my diet (now ...

 Does is bother you also?
I am a type 1 diabetic, I have had it since i was a child. My sister in law is 5'4 and 289 pounds. i have warned her for years of the dangers ouf being so overweight. She has now been ...

 health experts only?
my friend went to the doctor earlier this month and got lab work done, but now she think that she is a diabetic because she is having some pain in her leg and arm, but if her blood sugar was out of ...

Does drinking beer lower your blood sugar level ?

Tin S
It is a common misconception that alcohol "turns to sugar" and will raise your blood glucose. In fact, the opposite is true--alcohol can lower your blood glucose.

How Alcohol Works on the Body

Alcohol is not food, and it does not provide any essential nutrients; even though your body can use the calories for energy, it cannot use the alcohol itself to make glucose. When calories from alcohol aren't used for immediate energy, they are changed to fat and stored as triglycerides. In other words, it is easier to think of alcohol as being like a fat, rather than a carbohydrate. And actually, as Sheldon Gottlieb, MD stated in the April, 2004 issue of Diabetes Forecast: "Alcohol is not a carbohydrate. Alcohol is a drug, the most widely available and the most widely consumed drug in our culture."
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference web site, a 3.5 oz glass of white wine has less than 1 gram of carbohydrate; similarly, a 3.5 oz glass of red wine has under 2 grams of carbohydrate.
Normally, if you haven't eaten for a while, your body uses its liver stores of glucose (called glycogen) for energy. When these stores are used up, the liver makes glucose from other sources. However, alcohol inhibits the liver from making glucose, so if you haven't eaten, you run the risk of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). In addition, alcohol can increase or prolong the action of your insulin or oral agents. In fact, the glucose-lowering action of alcohol can last 8 to 12 hours after you had your last drink.
Mixing alcohol and exercise can further increase the risk of low glucose: After exercise, your body is busy replacing the energy your muscles used, by taking glucose from the blood and adding it back into the muscle stores. If you take diabetes medication, these drugs are also helping to clear glucose from the blood, to put it into your cells; since alcohol stops the liver from sending out glucose, unless you eat adequately (and perhaps lower your diabetes medication before exercise), you increase the risk of hypoglycemia.
If you had alcohol in your system and had such a severe low glucose that caused you to go unconscious, a glucagon shot may not work. This is because glucagon works by telling your liver to release more glucose into your bloodstream, but alcohol blocks that process. So in this situation, you would need to have glucose injected directly into your bloodstream (by a healthcare professional)-not glucagon.
Alcohol can worsen neuropathy (nerve damage), because it is toxic to nerves, which can increase the pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and other symptoms found in nerve damage
Heavy drinking can aggravate eye problems as well as high blood pressure
Alcohol can affect your judgment making it more difficult to recognize the warning signs of hypoglycemia and to respond appropriately

Happy Hour Here We Come


mitch conner
Alcohol also acts like a sponge soaking up any of your body's nutrients. I also think that it raises your blood sugar. My uncle is diabetic and he can't drink beer.

Quinn Earl
The carbohydrates(complex sugars) in beer raise blood sugar, but the alcohol lowers it so it is a complicated matter. It does not matter too much unless you are a Type One Diabetic and then the ups and downs of blood sugar matter a great deal. Hope this helps.

I disagree with this. Drinking beer will promote more glucose to our body. It will increase calories in our body. it causes hyperglycemia. yet beer is toxic to our body as it contains alcohol. ones innocence makes his/her move towards beer and other alcoholic products. if awareness is created no one will move towards them.

john e russo md facm faafp
My goodness this forum sometimes produces a wide variety of very interesting answers. Bear in mind that being a 'Top Contributor' means that the respondent has answered many questions but does not imply that the questions have been answered well. All alcoholic beverages increase glucose but to differing degrees. Beer will cause less of an elevation than a mixed drink with a high sugar content but beer will elevate glucose. I am disappointed that the myth that beer and other forms of alcohol lowers blood glucose persists. There are no credible medical studies that have borne this out. Yes you will be able to find a study to support absolutely any notion that your imagination is able to generate but this does not mean that the study has validity or that the study has reproducibility. The Internet is a potentially dangerous place to seek health-care information. There is too much information available and the lay person does not have the knowledge to discern which of the endless opinions offered actually has merit by objective rigorous and scientific study. I wish there was a way that I could put this matter to rest but this is an unfortunately common question. Stating that alcohol will elevate glucose does not mean that a diabetic is never able to consume alcohol. If the diabetes is well controlled then any food or drink in moderation should be tolerated reasonably well. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

Don M
Like the other answerer says, stuff metabolizes in this order: alcohols (simplest structure); sugars (next simplest); carbs (next simplest); complex and long-chain carbs (a little more complex molecular structure, thus the name) -- this includes not only natural complex carbs like beans but also uncooked corn starch, maltodextrin and diabetic supplements like glucerna; fats, then protein.

Most type 1 diabetics -- and I am talking type 1 here, type 2 is totally different -- get insulin with a meal, which acts in about 15 minutes. Ideally, they should have some carbs to go with that insulin... otherwise they shouldn't be taking insulin for a meal. The problem with alcohols is that unless they're mixed drinks high in sugar, they metabolize right away and BLOCK the metabolism of other stuff until the alcohol is metabolized. So what you end up with is insulin lowering blood sugar, then HOURS later, the stuff whose metabolism was blocked by the alcohol FINALLY kicks in and raises your blood sugar through the roof. So at FIRST beer lowers it, then later it raises it... just NOT in synch with a typical insulin dose that one would get for a meal WITHOUT the alcohol.

Thus the problem.

bledi d
Beer contains alcohol; and alcohol is metabolized by your liver in order to make it ready to clear from your body. If you have high blood sugar levels, and taking medications(that lowers it), your liver is stimulated to put glucose into the bloodstream. If you drink alcohol, you overload your liver; thus, it occupied on clearing blood from alcohol and doesn't secrete glucose into the bloodstream. The consequence is hypoglycemia (very very low blood sugar until one goes in coma).

Although you might be happy with the beer lowering your blood sugar; however, it remains a "killing-happiness".

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