Beer and Diabetes

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While diabetics pay attention to what they eat, they often forget to consider the calorie content of alcohol. The higher the amount of carbohydrates in alcohol, the greater is the risk of developing high blood sugar. A can of beer has approximately 150 calories. But because of its low alcohol content, people often end up drinking several glasses of beer and thus end up consuming almost 600 calories. These empty calories don’t provide your body with proteins, fats, minerals, or vitamins. Since it has about 15 grams of carbohydrates, 4 cans come to about 60 grams of carbs. You are also likely to eat snacks – peanuts or chips – with it. The outcome is a high-calorie meal. If your sugar levels are high from Type II diabetes, this could be a toxic overload.

While beer is high on calories, red wine, which is believed to be good for the heart and rich in antioxidants contains approximately 120 calories but is low on carbohydrates. However, mixers like sodas and fruit juice can increase sugar levels to a great extent. While an excess of alcohol can be risky, Peswani says that a drink or two combined with complex carbohydrates like millet, oats, or tapioca can be safe for diabetics.

Diabetics make lifestyle modifications to reduce sugar levels and only then should they consume the occasional glass of beer. “In the meantime, if you must drink, stick to dry wines or champagne that are low in sugar. And look for the nutritional values before you start drinking copious amounts of it.


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My views on drinking with diabetes, why I don’t get drunk, and some tips on how to manage blood sugars while consuming alcohol (legally, of course!).




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[DISCLAIMER: While I am a Registered Nurse, nothing that I post should ever be taken as medical/nursing advice. Please consult your doctor if you have questions about your individual diabetes management and overall health.]
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  1. jiemmy

    Ohhh yeaaahhh treat yourself to some fine meat or veg, music you like (mine Metallica and Delta Parole today) and enjoy ur cold ones everyone.

  2. William Barnes

    My doctor told me one can of beer a day

  3. K B

    Have anyone thought drinking caused the diabetes?

  4. Jose Suarez

    This is my first time watching your Youtube video I'm not sure if your type 1 or type 2 but if you're type 2 you can cure your diabetes and one u can improve it on keto and fasting there are two good doctors on YouTube that I listen to doctor Eric Berg and Kimbery

  5. TheNani680

    Thanks for this vid! It's was very helpful and informative.

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  7. Gyani Admi

    Your high spirit gave me motivation, I was diagnosed last year.

  8. Macho Randy savage oooyeah

    I have type 2 diabetics can someone tell me small amount off vodka and diet coke is good for me

  9. Ellenor Bjornsdottir

    Hi. I'm a nondiabetic who is also an atheist T-totaller. 2:26 actually resonates with me in a really bizarre way. No, I would not want a drunk, with or without hypoglycemia, taking care of my blood sugars. This is why I stay stone cold. Because I have two friends who have type 1 diabetes, and if one of them is at my place, and drinking, I don't want to be too impaired to spot him (they're both guys) going too low or too high.

    Alcohol impairs the action of your glucagon (the hormone that commands resting levels of gluconeogenesis and ketogenesis). This is not good if you are an insulin-dependent diabetic and bolus for the drink because you can't take out insulin you've already put in.

  10. Sandra Merita

    the sound of your mouth when you talk just made me wanna puke no offense.

  11. _SamanthaNaomi_

    Danica, thanks for sharing your experiences. You're a cool girl, an example, and you're helping so many. God bless you abundantly.

  12. Aliens Exist

    I got diagnosed a month ago with type 2 diabetes I've been drinking between 1-9 T-cans every day,I've been a alcoholic for 9 years now,I do plan on stopping because I know I'm pushing my luck

  13. The Ancient One

    I make my own wine but I don't drink I just make it for cooking

  14. James

    As person with diabetes for 38 plus years ,I enjoyed watching your video, I'll say that I've learned on my own and with many nurse and dietitian appointments over many years, ask and listen with them first and foremost especially if you like them

  15. The Rolling Hat

    Currently drunk snd have typ 1

  16. Jacqueline Smith-Jackson

    I was asking because I have a good friend with type 1 diabetes.

  17. Jacqueline Smith-Jackson

    Hey Danica do you like mini powdered donuts 🍩 and are you allowed to have them?

  18. Heavy Daggers

    This should be a series, "How __ affects my sugars.

  19. Max Mustermann

    beer as carbs too. For me, 1-2 beer basically equals itself out with the basal reduction.
    IIRC one beer (0.5l bottle) has about 20g carbs.

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