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Is mild alcohol consumption ok for a person with type 1 diabetes mellitus?
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
8 doctors agree
In brief: The plain facts
In order to keep as healthy as possible and maintain a normal weight and blood glucose level, a person must follow a strict diet designed by an expert in diabetes.
If alcohol is drunk, it either replaces a more nourishing food or adds unwanted calories+weight. It is up to the individual with diabetes to decide, but if brittle, young or pregnant be especially careful.

In brief: The plain facts
In order to keep as healthy as possible and maintain a normal weight and blood glucose level, a person must follow a strict diet designed by an expert in diabetes.
If alcohol is drunk, it either replaces a more nourishing food or adds unwanted calories+weight. It is up to the individual with diabetes to decide, but if brittle, young or pregnant be especially careful.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Alcohol and Diabetes
Depends on what you consider mild, a glass of wine or beer a few times a week, and how well your diabetes is controlled.
Ask you doctor and be specific about the amounts and types of alcohol containing beverages you want to use.

In brief: Alcohol and Diabetes
Depends on what you consider mild, a glass of wine or beer a few times a week, and how well your diabetes is controlled.
Ask you doctor and be specific about the amounts and types of alcohol containing beverages you want to use.
Dr. Gregg Albers
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Learn what alcohol can do to your blood sugar and be proactive when you do drink.
Maximum 2/day for male, 1/day for female. This is a lifelong disease so you should be able to drink if you think it will improve your quality of life.

In brief: Yes
Learn what alcohol can do to your blood sugar and be proactive when you do drink.
Maximum 2/day for male, 1/day for female. This is a lifelong disease so you should be able to drink if you think it will improve your quality of life.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Vakas Sial
Internal Medicine
In brief: It is dangerous
Alcohol lowers your blood sugar and can continue to lower it up to 24 hours.
If you have type 1 diabetes your blood sugars can run high or after Insulin therapy they may run low. Combining this with alcohol can be dangerous. If you still choose to drink alcohol limit your consumption and drink it with food. No more than 2 alcoholic drinks would be advised and please check your blood sugar levels.

In brief: It is dangerous
Alcohol lowers your blood sugar and can continue to lower it up to 24 hours.
If you have type 1 diabetes your blood sugars can run high or after Insulin therapy they may run low. Combining this with alcohol can be dangerous. If you still choose to drink alcohol limit your consumption and drink it with food. No more than 2 alcoholic drinks would be advised and please check your blood sugar levels.
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