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 Could I be diabetic?
What are symptoms of being diabetic? Sometimes I worry I might be.Im scared to go to the doctor ,but i guess im going to have to.Sometimes I have hot cold flashes,tiredness,dizzyness and very ...

 I am a diabetic patient?
and my blood sugar is more than 250 and i am taking insulin but then also its in the range of 250 to 300 . can some one giude me that what i have to do. And also my stomach is not good because i am ...

 Does pre-diabetes cause neuropathy?
My doctor says that pre-diabetes is causing the burning & numbness in my toes & feet. But my glucose levels are normal. Could he be wrong about my diagonosis?...

 Is there a medical condition that could cause a blood Alcohol level, my husband has diabetes?
my husband was sick and at the hospital. they said he was drunk, among other things. we don't have alcohol in the house and he hasn't drank in 20 years. family was with him all day and ...

 Is this normal for a perosn?
I dont really konw allot about diabetes but i was wondering like i konw its about low blood sugars and stuff anyway question is
like i ate my breakfast today and had raisen toast. I ...

 What is aspartame means? is it bad for our health?
My husband is diabetic and can't have sugar......

 Hi, my doctot told my brother that he is experiencing the fist stages of diabetis....what does thathis mean???
does this mean that he has it or that he will get it soon?...

 Why does Santa Claus Not have Diabetes From eating all these Sugar cookies each and every year?
If Santa Claus goes to every home at Christmas time and does this intake of all these cookies then why does he not have diabetes or sugar problems?...

 I'm Pre diabeties...what can i do to get healthy?
My doctor just told me yesterday that after lab results that i'm pre diabetic. He says i'm 2 points away from having diabetes. This scared me so much because my grandma died from diabetes....

 Which organs control blood glucose levels?

 Does anyone with diabetes have dry and cracked feet problems? And if so what do you do to treat the problem?

 Is diabetes a common illness for a 14 year old?

 What are good foods to eat when your blood sugar is low?
I can tell when my blood sugar is low because I get dizzy and a little bit shaky, sometimes even when I'm not that hungary. What foods can I eat to get rid of this feeling and what else should I ...

 What are the symptoms of diabeties? Is there a test I can get at the drugstore to see if I have it?

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Are there other diseases or conditions that have similar symptoms to diabetes?...

 How do you diabetics deal with Halloween and Valentine's Day?
These days were created for the chocolate industry. How do y'all deal with it? Do you just have an IV full of Humalog ready to go? Do you restrain yourselves? Do you go hog wild and say, "I&...

 Question about Blood Sugar Levels?
I am doing a sci fair project on BSL's and I have some VERY odd data. I read that if you drink orange juice your blood sugar level would go up a lot. My testees BSL went down. WHATS UP?!?!...

 My father and brother have diabetes, will my children and i get it as well ?
my father actually died with it. my brother has just been ...

 Diabetic Son?
My son is now 6 and been diabetic for 2 years. Last night, I gave him his insulin as normal before tea, then when his tea was ready he said he was not hungry so did not eat anything until his supper ...

 I'm worried. Any way back from this?
I think I am developing diabetes. I'm 33, overweight, and it runs in my family. Lately I have been having tingling in my feet and I know I have blood-sugar induced mood swings. I'm really ...

 Hi there people do you know how to cure diabetes? please let in on it, thank you alot?

What is good alcoholic drink for a person with diabetes?
I'm 22 and have been diabetic for 8 years. I've had a few bad experiences from not looking after myself while drinking. Now I'm looking for a widely available alcoholic drink that I can drink without worrying about going too low or too high in the middle of the night. It's actually put me off going out and I dont want it to stop me from enjoying myself

no alcohol is good for you. i had a case of denial about drinking too, but it is just not worth it. the blackouts are too scary and death is always just a drink away. smoke pot or something if you must be high. lol

A little wine, some light beer.

Shay D
Ok, I figure you probably don't want to hear this, but you don't need alcohol to enjoy yourself. Sometimes, just watching others make an *** out of themselves is fun enough.

Most alcohol and mixers have A LOT of sugar in them. I used to drink. Not a lot, but like you, just to enjoy myself. I had gastric bypass surgery because I was overweight and lost a lot of weight. I am a lot thinner now and go out a lot more, but I have to live like a diabetic because my system can not handle or process sugar very well. If I drink, I get hot flashes (I'm only 32) and sweaty, then sick and usually have to rush off to the bathroom. Also, the alcohol rushes straight into my system rather than taking a bit to soak in. So I get drunk and sick all at once if I drink. I just went to Brazil during Carnival for 3 weeks and didn't have one drink when EVERYONE was drinking. I played it safe even though I wanted to join in on the drinking and having "fun". I did have fun, a lot of it, with OUT the drinking.

Just give it up and have a diet soda or coffee. Have a good time without being drunk or buzzed. Go to the bar, order a diet soda and tell everyone it's a rum and coke. Then let it all out and act stupid. People will just think you are drunk!! Fool them all.

There isn't a particular type of alcoholic drink that is better than another. The nature of alcohol and it's effect on blood sugar is that it often causes it to rise first, then take a deep dive later. Everyone's body is a little different in how it handles it. For me, I try to stay with something not too sweet, maybe vodka Cranberry, and then I test myself hourly to see how I'm doing and adjust accordingly. I only drink once or twice a month and I limit myself to no more than 2 drinks...any more than that and I might not be coherent enough to stay on top of my numbers. I've never allowed myself to get drunk because who knows what could happen...I guess that is just something I won't be able to experience in my life - oh well!

Some people who have diabetes can safely drink moderate amounts of alcohol, but for others any amount of alcohol intake can have very negative health consequences. Drinking alcohol is not advised if diabetics have the following conditions - Nerve damage in the arms or legs. Diabetic eye disease. High blood pressure. High levels of triglycerides. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.
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I don't want to be a naysayer, but any alcoholic beverage would pose a serious problem. Both alcohol and starch are converted to sugar by one's system, and a defective pancreas would be stressed by this additional sugar. The lower alcohol and lower carbohydrate beers would be less harmful than most alcoholic drinks, but the best thing would be to avoid alcohol altogether.

Cecilia M
Not that I'm advocating drinking for diabetics, but the reality is that people will do things regardless of consequences. With that in mind, know that some drinks are better choices for people with diabetes. Select drinks that are lower in alcohol and sugar. If you use mixers in your drinks, choose ones that are sugar free, such as diet soft drinks, diet tonic, club soda, seltzer, or water. This will help keep your blood sugar levels in your target range.

Light beer and dry wines are good choices. They have less alcohol and carbohydrates and fewer calories.

To make drinks last longer, try a "spritzer." Mix wine with sparkling water, club soda, or diet soda. Try a "virgin" Bloody Mary made without alcohol.

But know that some people with diabetes should not drink alcohol. Alcohol can make some diabetic problems worse.

If you have nerve damage from diabetes in your arms or legs, drinking can make it worse. Alcohol is toxic to nerves. Drinking can increase the pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and other symptoms found with nerve damage. Some studies show that even regular light drinking (less than two drinks per week) can bring on nerve damage.

Heavy drinking (3 or more drinks per day) may make diabetic eye disease worse. If you have high blood pressure, you can lower it if you stop drinking alcohol.

Many people with diabetes have high levels of the fat called triglyceride in their blood. If you do, you should not drink alcohol. Alcohol affects how the liver clears fat from the blood. Alcohol also spurs the liver on to make more triglycerides. Even light drinking (two 4-ounce glasses of wine a week) can raise triglyceride levels.

Sally K
I am a restaurant owner and one thing that diabetics regularly ask for is Jim Beam Rye or Mount Royal Light. Both can be mixed with diet soda. Availability would depend on your area but they are widely available in the midwest where I am from. Cheers....but be careful!

Alcohol LOWERS blood sugar.
Test often when drinking and always eat if you drink.

If your mixer is full of sugar, you do need to count those carbs.
A good idea for anyone drinking is in between each drink have a glass of water.

Elmer F
Alcohol is sugar. A Lot of it.... I suggest non-alcoholic bevies. If you haven't sat down w/a nutritionist yet, regarding your dm. I strongly suggest you do so. You're young. You need to manage your disease over the long haul. dm regulation has improved leaps & bounds over years ago. That, & you doing your part, will most likely prevent the bad complications from Diabetes. The nutritionist will advise which drinks are the safest for you, along w/a wealth of other data. Good Luck.

P.S.: "Wha_aat....is a Maloot?"

melissa g
i'm sorry to hear that you are diabetic it's a life long disease that will affect you forever. however i hate to tell you this but drinking any kind of alcohol can increase or lower your blood sugar level. if you want to have a glass of red whine once in awhile that's OK. don't just stay home because of the diabetes and lack of drinking, go out and have fun drink diet soda or Ginger ale. don't let the diabetes control you, you control the diabetes. good luck you will be fine.

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