Effects of Beer on Diabetes

Effects of beer on diabetics: Diabetics should avoid beer because it is not conducive for controlling their symptoms. The symptoms of diabetes can be aggravated after even a little amount of alcohol intake, and especially beer as it also contains

Vatsal Anand
DiabetesWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Jul 07, 2012
Effects of Beer on Diabetes

Effects of Beer on Diabetes

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:

  • The problem of alcohol intake in diabetics is not limited to rise of blood sugar, as it can actually reduce the blood sugar below normal level too. That happens if you consume excess alcohol.
  • Other than the impact of alcohol, some variants such as beer and sweet wine contain sugar which would obviously raise blood sugar.
  • As alcohol charges up your appetite, it may make you eat more than you need. This would affect your ability to control blood sugar.
  • The effect of oral diabetes medications and even insulin can be adversely affected by alcohol.
  • Level of triglyceride can be affected by alcohol.
  • Blood pressure can also be increased by alcohol.
  • 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.

  • Some complications that your can of beer may cause are nausea, flushing, slurred speech and increased heart rate.

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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