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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to diabetes?

Can drinking too much alcohol lead to diabetes?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Can drinking too much alcohol lead to depression?

Works both ways: Drinking can lead to depressive symptoms depressive symptoms can lead to drinking. In either case help is available and people with depression and/or drinking problems should get help. ...Read more

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Why does drinking too much alcohol make us puke?

Why does drinking too much alcohol make us puke?

Too Much Alcohol?: Not everyone has this response, but alcohol can significantly irritate the lining of the stomach...Thus making it easier to have an upset stomach and to lead to nausea, vomiting, and ulcers. Also adding to this potential is that drinking heavily for your body type and experience can lead to alcohol poisoning and thus your body wants to expel anything toxic. ...Read more

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What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

What is damage to the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?

Many things: Liver toxic drugs, viral or bacterial infections, liver or other cancers, blockages of the bile ducts, autoimmune diseases, heart/lung failure, and others. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol in a setting triggers hypertension?

Can drinking too much alcohol in a setting triggers hypertension?

It will not: cause long term high blood pressure. If you binge drink. The stress may cause you blood pressure to rise short term. But drinking steady over a long period of time can also be harmful ...Read more

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Why does drinking too much alcohol cause skin breakouts?

Why does drinking too much alcohol cause skin breakouts?

Vitamin deficiencies: I presume that part of it is related to the fact that drinkers absorb fewer b vitamins, specifically folate (folic acid). ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol destroy villous epithelial cells?

Can drinking too much alcohol destroy villous epithelial cells?

Intestinal Damage: I don't think so but it can damage them and interfere with functioning. I would be much more concerned about the lining of the mouth, esophagus and stomach especially with chronic alcoholism. ...Read more

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What exactly happens to your body when you "black out" from drinking too much alcohol?

What exactly happens to your body when you "black out" from drinking too much alcohol?

No memories: A "blackout" refers to a period of time when someone is drunk and alcohol prevents the brain from storing long term memories. The person is conscious and alert but can't later recall what happened. ...Read more

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Could going to church help me stop drinking too much alcohol ?

Could going to church help me stop drinking too much alcohol ?

Not just going....: People find their way out of chemical dependency in many ways, including increasing their spiritual/religious observances. However, the mere act of "going" is not likely to have a major effect. People drink/drug because they are in some kind of pain, usually old trauma, and untreated underlying emotional/psychological issues. Church can be helpful, but mental health workers also help - use both! ...Read more

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Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?

Yes: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain. Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain. ...Read more

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