November 21, 2019

Diabetes type 2: Can you drink alcohol if you have diabetes?

Diabetes affects around 3.7 million people in the UK, and most cases are caused by type 2 diabetes.

The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy.

You could lower your risk of deadly diabetes complications by cutting back on the amount of alcohol in your diet. Common diabetes complications include heart disease, strokes, and kidney damage.

All male diabetes patients should avoid drinking more than three to four units of alcohol in a single day, while women should stick to two to three units.

Wellbeing charity CABA said: “Many people with type 2 diabetes are advised to manage their condition with diet and physical activity.

“If you have type 2 diabetes, you’ll also need to keep a regular check on your blood glucose levels to help prevent complications.

“No matter what type of diabetes you may have, it’s always a good idea to follow as healthy a lifestyle as possible.

“Drink less alcohol – stick to official alcohol intake guidelines, which means drinking no more than three to four units of alcohol a day if you’re a man, and two to three if you’re a woman.

“Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a normal life. The key is learning to manage your symptoms and building healthy habits.”

Everyone should avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol in a single week, added the NHS. That’s about the equivalent to four and a half pints of lager or large glasses of wine.

If you do drink as much as 14 units in a single week, it’s best to spread that evenly over at least three days or more.

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