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Is it a good idea to drink for a type 1 diabetic?

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June 20, 2019 / By Timmy
Question: I just turned 21 and I want to drink but honestly I'm afraid because of my type 1 diabetes. It's new years and I want to drink. HELP!
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Rama Rama | 6 days ago
In my personal experience it is fine to drink. Drink whatever type of drink you like -- but start SLOWLY. If this is the first night you are planning to drink alcohol have 1 or 2 drinks and test your blood sugar to see what those drinks do for you. If you want to try binge drinking (not that that is good for anyone) tonight is not the night to do it. Start small, and learn your limits. I have a really hard time controlling my sugar levels when I drink mixed drinks. With regular coke or juice i end up super high, no matter what. With diet coke or club soda -- I tank 1/2 way through the night and end up with a super low blood sugar. Not my idea of a good time. Wine and beer I find I have no problem with. It is all up to your body and how you absorb alcohol and I guess your skill at figuring out the right bolus for a pina colada. (not easy!) One word of caution -- beware of the 3 am hypo. You may find your blood sugar goes high when you drink BUT you may end up REALLY low in the middle of the night. Use a very light touch with the corrections and test often. If your blood sugar looks good before bed consider eating a snack even if you wouldn't usually at that number. If your blood sugar is high, consider skipping the correction all together, or taking a fraction of what you'd ordinarily take.
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Rama Originally Answered: Is it a good idea to drink for a type 1 diabetic?
In my personal experience it is fine to drink. Drink whatever type of drink you like -- but start SLOWLY. If this is the first night you are planning to drink alcohol have 1 or 2 drinks and test your blood sugar to see what those drinks do for you. If you want to try binge drinking (not that that is good for anyone) tonight is not the night to do it. Start small, and learn your limits. I have a really hard time controlling my sugar levels when I drink mixed drinks. With regular coke or juice i end up super high, no matter what. With diet coke or club soda -- I tank 1/2 way through the night and end up with a super low blood sugar. Not my idea of a good time. Wine and beer I find I have no problem with. It is all up to your body and how you absorb alcohol and I guess your skill at figuring out the right bolus for a pina colada. (not easy!) One word of caution -- beware of the 3 am hypo. You may find your blood sugar goes high when you drink BUT you may end up REALLY low in the middle of the night. Use a very light touch with the corrections and test often. If your blood sugar looks good before bed consider eating a snack even if you wouldn't usually at that number. If your blood sugar is high, consider skipping the correction all together, or taking a fraction of what you'd ordinarily take.

Marquis Marquis
Best if you do not drink in any respect. If you do, simply be definite you do not drink on an empty belly. Doing so dangers you going hypo much more than if you happen to do. You would possibly desire to ease up for your insulin so you're floating a little bit bigger within the blood glucose variety, which could deliver you a few cushion. But it is fairly harmful, and you're gambling with hearth. Remember, it most effective takes one fit to burn down the condominium. Just considering the fact that it used to be quality earlier than does now not imply it's going to be quality once more. Past efficiency is NO INDICATOR of long run efficiency. What do you do if any person spikes a drink with extra alcohol than you count on? The pressures for alcohol intake, relying at the social context, may also be VERY top.
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Jerry Jerry
Yes but with limitations. In your diet, you should drink like once a week only if you're really afraid then must exercise to burn excess sugar.
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Gillespie Gillespie
Yes and no. Don't drink on an empty stomach: eat a long-acting carb beforehand, and slightly underbolus for it. Don't drink hard alcohols, and if your drink has sugar in it, bolus only half the dose you usually would for that level of carbs, or even less. Don't drink to the point of getting drunk, and make sure that the people you're drinking with know you're diabetic. Alcohol disrupts glycogen production, which can cause you to become hypoglycemic from your basal insulin dose alone, which is why you need to eat and underbolus. And even then, there is some risk, which is why you should NOT get drunk: partygoers, police, and others can confuse hypoglycemia with drunkenness and that can get you killed. Beer or wine with dinner? Fine. Hard alcohol? Not unless you know your limits and reactions to alcohol really, really well.
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Gillespie Originally Answered: Best snack for type 2 diabetic with high cholesterol?
Protein and fat don't raise cholesterol as long as you are removing most sources of carbohydrates from your diet. High blood sugar also contributes to elevated cholesterol, so getting that under control (if it isn't already) will go a long way toward lowering your lipids and more importantly reducing your CVD risk. Nuts are great for cholesterol, plus they're a healthy source of fat that's low in carbohydrates. You can buy little snack-sized bags of salted almonds, pecans, walnuts or macadamias, that way you can just sort of pour them into your mouth. You can eat string cheese, as they also have a wrapper. I think the Slim Jims are fine, as long as your carbohydrate intake is low.

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