The effect of alcohol on diabetic individuals varies depending on the precise condition of the diabetic person in question. In most cases, drinking alcohol in moderation is possible but for some even a small amount of alcohol can have serious negative consequences. It is extremely important to discuss the question of drinking alcohol with a doctor or certified advisor in order to obtain the necessary information and to be aware of any precautions that also need to be taken.
To be able to drink socially, as a diabetic, it is necessary to understand that the only way this is possible without resulting in any adverse health effects is if all necessary precautions are observed. For those attempting to manage their weight in order to improve their diabetic condition, drinking alcohol is not advisable. This is because drinking alcohol entails a huge intake of calories. At the same time it adds absolutely no nutritional value. For example as little as two light beers may add as much as two hundred calories. But nonetheless, there is no problem as long as a diabetic individual is planning to drink socially and in moderate amounts.
It is also important to monitor blood sugar levels before the consumption of alcohol and before falling asleep. One may even eat a small snack before retiring, since this will help prevent the possibility of low sugar reaction while the diabetic individual is asleep.
If these guidelines are followed, and a doctor consulted, there should be absolutely no problem for a diabetic individual to enjoy drinking alcohol occasionally.
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