Toasting in the season with your favorite adult beverage is the traditional thing to do. However, for people living with diabetes, consuming too much alcohol can negatively impact blood sugar levels. In an effort to ensure that you enjoy your time with friends and family, below are a few tips for drinking during holiday festivities.
HOLIDAY DRINKING FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
Individuals with diabetes should limit their consumption to no more than two drinks for men and just one for women. These drinks can be one shot-size mixed drink, 12-ounces of beer - either regular or low calorie - and one glass of wine. Alcohol may raise blood glucose at the beginning if it is a fruity or wine beverage, but when fully metabolized it can eventually drop the blood glucose to drastically low levels.
If you are going to drink, be sure to let someone know that you have diabetes, so if you show any symptoms of hypoglycemia, they are aware that you are not inebriated, but experiencing the symptom of the chronic illness. Remember, low blood sugar can often mimic the looks of being inebriated. Finally, please consider wearing identification or ID jewelry.
We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season.