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Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

How much, how often: An occasional drink is generally not harmful to most diabetics, but it depends on how "brittle" their diabetes is. In people who are not well controlled, alcohol will worsen that control. Safe drinking limits in men (2 standard drinks/day) and women and older men (1 drink/day) are not recommended in people with diabetes. You should talk to your doctor, who knows your situation, to get advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Alcohol: Depends on the type of neurologic issue, severity & duration, & what treatment u r getting for it (medications). However, generally speaking, i would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink alcohol when you have kidney cancer?

Is it bad to drink alcohol when you have kidney cancer?

No: Unless alcohol interacts with any treatment for kidney cancer, alcohol itself doesn't affect this condition. ...Read more

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Is it possible to control your diabetes and still drink tequila?

Is it possible to control your diabetes and still drink tequila?

Diabetes and alcohol: There are a few things to consider before drinking tequila as a diabetic. If you already have neuropathy or retinopathy, it is not recommended to drink as it worsens both conditions. If you drink, you need to ask your dr. If the diabetic medicines that you take get affected by alcohol. Drinking blocks your liver from producing glucose so it is best to drink with food and not before you exercise. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have caffeine if I have kidney stones?

Is it okay to have caffeine if I have kidney stones?

Caffeine and stones: Caffeine can promote urine flow - it can dehydrate - so, caffeine itself is not a negative influence as long as your keep overall fluid intake above 3-4 liters per day ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol if there's a possibility I have glandular fever ?

Is it okay to drink alcohol if there's a possibility I have glandular fever ?

No: Glandular fever or mono can cause liver inflammation... So can alcohol. Best to wait until you are completely well and recovered before drinking alcohol. There is no upside or benefit to the alcohol, but there could be significant downside. ...Read more

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If you have peptic ulcers how much alcohol is ok to drink?

Ulcer booze: Blunt answer to you = ulcer is deadly complication from drinking. Stop drinking is only way out. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if you are neutropenic?

Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if you are neutropenic?

Yes: Alcohol in the blood stream has been shown to alter the function of neutrophils, and not in a beneficial fashion. If you already have an insufficient number of neutrophils and then render them handicapped your ability to fight infections will be hampered. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink alcohol if you have ulcerative colitis?

Is it bad to drink alcohol if you have ulcerative colitis?

YES: Ulcerative colitis has much to do with the brain/body relationship. For every message that goes from the brain to the bowel there are 9 messages that go from the bowel to the brain. Diet affecting brain function has an important part in the disease. ...Read more

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If I have a cold, how bad is it to have an alcoholic drink or two?

If I have a cold, how bad is it to have an alcoholic drink or two?

If one or two: Doesn't really make much difference. My experience is that when people are talking about "one or two" they are often really talking about ten or twelve. Alcohol in excess impairs our immune system, makes us more susceptible to infection, and those illnesses may last longer. If really one or two, it will not make any measurable difference in recovery. However, smoking will, and if you smoke, stop. ...Read more

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If I only drink milk and soda, is it possible to get kidney stones?

If I only drink milk and soda, is it possible to get kidney stones?

Not necessarily: Milk contains calcium, a component of stones. Dehydration is more of a factor in stone production. Unless one has a specific metabolic abnormality, milk ingestion doesn't necessarily cause stones. Sodas have not been definitively linked to stone production. Caffeine within sodas can dehydrate, however. Dehydration, as mentioned above, is more of a factor in stone production. ...Read more

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How bad is it if you don't treat diabetis and you drink beer?

How bad is it if you don't treat diabetis and you drink beer?

Very bad: Drinking or not beer...Diabetes alone can cause serious sad damage to the kidneys, heart, arteries and retina ( eyes) it may en up with amputations of toes or legs, strokes and heart attracts. Beer will contribute to the big "belly" producing a metabolic syndrome and more resistance to his own Insulin worsening the diabetes. ...Read more

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Is it good to have drinks with caffeine if you're trying to get pregnant? Is coke ok to drink or should I avoid it? Also, what will help me conceive?

Is it good to have drinks with caffeine if you're trying to get pregnant? Is coke ok to drink or should I avoid it? Also, what will help me conceive?

It's not 'good,' but: No study ever suggested a problem with limited caffeine use - tea, coffee, coke, etc.... - while trying to get pregnant. Do try to limit to one per day and you should be fine in that department. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to drink alcohol if I have a molar pregnancy?

Is it safe for me to drink alcohol if I have a molar pregnancy?

Yes: But when is your d& c planned? It would be a good idea to stop a week before( if you have that much notice) as alcohol contributes to bleeding. Take care of yourself ! ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more