As alcohol is processed or metabolised in body the same way as fat, one gets almost as many calories when consuming it as the same amount of fat. Thus, if diabetics consume alcohol, it can make their blood sugar go up. If you must drink alcohol, it must be moderated and taken occasionally. It is important that you do not consume alcohol daily because one alcohol drink counts as two fat exchanges of a calorie-restricted meal plan. Beer and diabetes just don’t go together.
Some of the ways in which alcohol affects diabetics are:
Certain medications that you use for controlling diabetes, be it sulfonylureas, insulin or sulfonylureas, and meglitinides can react with beer and have an adverse impact on your body. That is why ADA recommends not having beer on an empty stomach if your blood glucose is low.
To get an idea of how bad beer is for diabetics, we just need to look at what it is composed of. Everyone needs carbohydrates, even diabetics. The American Diabetes Association has recommended that carbohydrates should form half of a person's diabetic diet. But any more than that should be avoided.
A can of beer contains 12.5 grams of carbohydrates, according to USDA'a National Nutrient Database. The amount of carbs that a person should consume varies according to factprs such as height, weight and age. A person should eat broad varieties of carbs daily to make up their 180 grams of recommended carbs intake.
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