How Much Alcohol Can A Diabetic Drink? Is It Safe for Diabetics?

Dr. Ergin talks about how much alcohol can diabetic drinks. How much alcohol is safe? 1 drink? 2 drinks? 10 drinks? Vodka? Beer? Wine? How does it affect blood sugar? Does alcohol cause low blood sugar?

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In summary, Very small amounts of alcohol such as a glass of wine may not have an immediate effect on blood sugars. On the other hand, if you are a diabetic patient taking insulin in addition to metformin risk is higher. Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption can increase the risk of low blood sugars. Low blood sugars can happen even after 24 hours after alcohol intake.

If you are taking metformin and sulfonylurea such as glipizide, glimepiride, glyburide, the risk of low blood sugars with alcohol dramatically increases. Another reason to limit alcohol is that taking metformin and alcohol together can lead to lactic acidosis.

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Ahmet Ergin, MD, FACE, CDCES, ECNU Endocrinologist, Diabetes Educator Ahmet Ergin, MD, is a specialist physician in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He is interested in preventive cardiology as well. He has been practicing for over 10 years, having seen over 30,000 patients in his career so far. He speaks science and proud to educate his patients with real data rather than hearsay.To become a patient please call 772 398 7814. You have to be a Florida Resident to be a patient. Thank you!

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