Drinking alcohol can be an enjoyable adult activity. But for someone with type 1 diabetes, alcohol can increase the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This is especially true later at night after drinking and for up to 24 hours after drinking.
However, blood sugar may actually rise (hyperglycemia) at first after drinking alcohol. Use extra caution with alcoholic drinks that are mixed with fruit juice or regular soda, beer, or sweet wine. They can be loaded with carbohydratesCarbohydrateCarbohydrates are the main kinds of food that raise blood sugar levels. Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (sugar), and then uses this sugar as a source of energy for your cells.
There are 3 main types of carbohydrates in food: starches (complex carbohydrates), sugars (simple carbohydrates), and fiber. Fiber is the part of plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts, that you can’t digest..
If you want to drink alcohol, be sure to talk to your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include: a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietician, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional. first. Here are some things they may want to go over with you:
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