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Does Drinking Beer Affect Your Hemoglobin Level
Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels: Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases. Heavy drinkers who cut back to moderate drinking can lower their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 2 to 4 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and their diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) by 1 to 2 mm Hg. Heavy drinkers who want to lower blood pressure should slowly reduce how much they drink over one to two weeks. Heavy drinkers who stop suddenly risk developing severe high blood pressure for several days. If you have high blood pressure, avoid alcohol or drink alcohol only in moderation. Moderate drinking is generally considered to be: Two drinks a day for men younger than age 65, One drink a day for men age 65 and older, One drink a day for women of any age. A drink is 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1. 5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits. Keep in mind that alcohol contains calories and may contribute to unwanted weight gain — a risk factor for high blood pressure. Also, alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness and increase the side effects of some blood pressure medications. ...Read more
Hyperaldosteronism: As long as you eat a balanced diet, it will have no effect. If you drink all of your calories in beer and do not eat, your potassium level will fall since the calories in the beer require potassium to be utilized. It doesn't matter what the alcohol is. If you eat properly, the potassium will remain normal. Need to make sure a low potassium in you with hypertension isn't hyperaldosteronism. ...Read more
Probably doesn't: One of the few organ systems that are not specifically affected by alcohol is the kidney. However, it may be indirectly contributing if it is raising your blood pressure. Regular drinking of more than 2 drinks per day in men is associated with hypertension. The most common causes of damage to kidneys causing microalbumin in urine are hypertension and diabetes, but there are many other causes. ...Read more
Alcohol effects: When alcohol reaches the brain, it has the ability to delay signals that are sent between nerve cells that control balance, thinking and movement. Specifically, hyper-activation of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) A receptors. Activation of GABAA receptors by GABA tends to decrease neuronal excitability. This leads to impairment of both motor function and cognition following Ethanol consumption. ...Read more
I have seen reports: that it can, although I am not sure of the mechanism, but it has to be a LOT of soda. The major problem with lots of soda is the calories, and it is a major contributor to the epidemic of overweight, obese and diabetic individuals in the US and western world. It appears to reduce iron absorption in some people. You are far better off with water which is cheaper, healthier and doesn't affect iron. ...Read more
No, not generally: If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol. ...Read more
Depends on which: antibiotic. There are many drug interactions with alcohol, since it enhances the liver enzymes that metabolize not only alcohol (one of the factors leading to tolerance) but many other drugs, including ciprofloxacin and similar antibiotics. Moreover, alcohol decreases activity of both kinds of white blood cells - those producing antibodies and those that eat up (phagocytize) bacteria/viruses. ...Read more
unpredictable: Acute alcohol use can either increase or decrease the inr in a given individual. Chronic alcohol use with liver damage interferes with the production of clotting factors and will cause a more profound rise of inr with a given dose of warfarin/coumadin or, with cirrhosis, raise the inr on no anticoagulant at all. ...Read more
Slows breathing: Alcohol is a brain depressant - it causes a part of the brain called the medulla to slow heart rate and depress breathing. In severe alcohol poisoning people can literally stop breathing. Alcohol however has not direct toxicity to the lungs themselves. Always drink in moderation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Caffeine and glucose: Very individual response. Would do a PUBMED search on this. ...Read more
Only in excess: Many studies have shown that a woman who drinks one alcoholic beverage a day or a man who has 2 drinks will live longer than those who drink more or less alcohol. Higher intakes can effect metabolism including calcium especially if there is a poor nutritional intake. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can: Heavy drinking can ultimately reduce testosterone levels, which in turn may reduce not only sperm counts, but increase the number of abnormal sperm, and affect sperm motility, which may prevent sperm from reaching the egg. Lowered testosterone may also reduce sexual desire and potency, decreasing the ability to have successful intercourse and ejaculate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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