Alcohol And Diabetes During The Holidays

The holidays are filled with fun get-togethers and parties. You’re constantly going out and spending time with people, whether that be in the office or with friends. And usually alcohol is present. If you have diabetes, this can be quite a challenge to navigate through. Alcohol isn’t beneficial, especially to those with health conditions. Specifically with diabetes, the blood sugar levels can quickly become unregulated even for those who eat well-balanced frequently. We aren’t just talking about a couple glasses of wine, this conversation is targeted at heavy drinking, which can occur during the holiday season. Alcohol consumption in diabetics has also been found to worsen some of the health conditions that are related to the disease like nerve damage and eye disease. Completely steering away from alcoholic beverages altogether wouldn’t be realistic during this time of year. So, we’re here to suggest some tips that might help you continue to enjoy the parties while keeping your well-being in mind. 

Be mindful of what drink you choose

While the candy-cane flavored drink might be a seasonal hit and your go-to menu item, keep in mind that it could be filled with high amounts of sugar. Try limiting these types of beverages and sipping on them a little longer to enjoy their flavor profile. If you want to continue your night with cocktails opt for no or low calorie juices, sodas, and sweeteners. Another option you might add in is, opting for light beer as they typically have less calories and carbs compared to regular beer. Most drinks will not have a nutrition label on them because they aren’t mandatory, but you can find resources on the internet to find the content of the drink to help you with your choice. 

Don’t drink on an empty stomach

A major concern to have with alcohol is hypoglycemia, more specifically when you drink without eating first. The mixture of medications can have a reaction with the alcohol causing blood sugar levels to drop to a dangerous level. If a substantial snack or meal isn’t provided at the function, then try sipping on your drink to be mindful of your alcohol intake. The symptoms of hypoglycemia and being intoxicated are quite similar: drowsiness, difficulty walking, and confusion.

Stay safe and have fun

Enjoy yourself this holiday season and have fun at those parties! It’s just important to keep these things in mind to make sure your health and safety is a priority. Some key takeaways are to limit drinking high-sugary drinks, don’t drink on an empty stomach, and know the signs of dangerous reactions that could be threatening. Overall, we hope you make amazing memories and enjoy yourself this holiday season.