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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to diabetes?
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Ophthalmology 18 years experience
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Yes, sometimes: In very heavy drinkers, damage to the pancreas can occur (pancreatitis), which if it occurs many times can damage the ability of the pancreas to make both Insulin and digestive enzymes. The lack of Insulin can lead to a form of diabetes resembling juvenile or type 1 diabetes. In diabetics, alcohol worsens control in a number of ways, and is also a high calorie "food" - twice the calories of sugar.
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Last updated Jul 14, 2018
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