What Are You Thinking?
You’re probably thinking: Linnea, why are you posting about diabetes and alcohol? You’re pregnant! So let me say that I am not drinking while pregnant. I did however get a notification from my Type 1 Diabetes Support Group this morning. A young woman just turned 21 and tried having an alcoholic drink. Of course, she is type 1 diabetic and her blood sugar sky-rocketed to 375 after the drink. Apparently she was drinking rum and diet ginger ale, but having this tremendously high blood sugar scared her out of drinking for good. There were lots of comments on the post from other people sharing tips and tricks that work for them. This got me thinking of posting an article about diabetes and alcohol. If only I would have paid more attention to this information when I was turning 21.
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Not Paying Attention
I was not the best diabetic when I was in my teenage years. I skipped doctor’s appointments, skipped blood sugar checks and insulin doses, and sometimes I even lied about where my blood sugar level was to my parents. This period of time is a common low point for diabetics. It’s called Diabetic Burnout. I just didn’t want to deal with my chronic disease anymore. It’s no surprise to me that an endocrinologist didn’t sit me down and explain what alcohol did in my system, but honestly…I really wish one of them would have.
Diabetes and Alcohol
Information about diabetes and alcohol. When everyone takes a sip of alcohol, your liver identifies that substance as a drug and a toxin. Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your body of these substances. But your liver also works to store and secrete glucose to your body when you are not eating. Unfortunately, your liver can’t do both things at the same time. When you have diabetes and consume alcohol, your glucose secretion from your liver is put on pause and that can cause your blood sugar to drop severely. It is always a good idea to eat before you drink, and diabetics should adjust their medication dosing while drinking. Talk to your doctor thoroughly about your drinking habits and check out these other articles for more information.
Until next time!