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bandito1047
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Alcohol and blood sugar levels

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Just wanting some opinions from those of you more experienced.  If alcohol makes your blood sugar go down, like a shot of whiskey for example.  What would be wrong with having a shot before eating something you know you might want that is high in carbs knowing the whiskey will help keep your sugars down.  And why does alcohol do this?  

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Re: Alcohol and blood sugar levels


Bandito1047 wrote:

Just wanting some opinions from those of you more experienced.  If alcohol makes your blood sugar go down, like a shot of whiskey for example.  What would be wrong with having a shot before eating something you know you might want that is high in carbs knowing the whiskey will help keep your sugars down.  And why does alcohol do this?  


Bandito, Alcohol does not actually make your blood sugar go down. It keeps the liver busy dealing with it's toxic effect so that the liver cannot provide glucose to your blood stream if it is needed.

 

That is not a very effective or reliable way to practice blood sugar control.

 

Also most of the meds we take must also be filtered by the liver so you may well be overworking it and often there are consequences to taking meds and alcohol at the same time.

 

I think you are better off choosing a portion size of the food that you want to eat that is not going to raise your blood sugar.

 

I sometimes have a before dinner drink of rye and water, but I usually have it with a small snack of nuts and let some time pass before I sit down to dinner.  With wine, I do almost the same thing.

 

You should have this discussion with your doctor so that he can help you judge timing of drinks and cautions re the meds you take.

 

Cheers,

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Re: Alcohol and blood sugar levels


Bandito1047 wrote:

Just wanting some opinions from those of you more experienced.  If alcohol makes your blood sugar go down, like a shot of whiskey for example.  What would be wrong with having a shot before eating something you know you might want that is high in carbs knowing the whiskey will help keep your sugars down.  And why does alcohol do this?  


The second part of your question is the key...  Alcohol is filtered out of the blood by the liver, whose other job is to release glucose into your blood when you start to go low. The liver is poor at multi-tasking, and prioritizes alcohol filtering over sugar release.  So alcohol can stop your blood sugar from rebounding when it drifts low.

 

that is not the same as preventing your glucose from going high in the first place. You will still react to the carbs in the same way, blood sugar will go up if you eat too many.  But when it comes down after 2 or  3 hours and gets to normal, if there is still alcohol in your blood, it will just keep dropping unless you eat something.

 

So in that way it can cause lows. But it does not prevent your blood sugar from rising in the first place...

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Re: Alcohol and blood sugar levels


Bandito1047 wrote:

Just wanting some opinions from those of you more experienced.  If alcohol makes your blood sugar go down, like a shot of whiskey for example.  What would be wrong with having a shot before eating something you know you might want that is high in carbs knowing the whiskey will help keep your sugars down.  And why does alcohol do this?  


 

Apart from the wise advice in the other posts, even if that worked (it won't) it would be a bit like driving your car with one foot flat out on the accelerator and the other on the brake to give an even average speed. Not a wise way to drive, nor is it a wise way to manage the body.

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