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 Question about diabetes?
My dad just found out that he was diabetic. He's 52. My sister and I are only slightly overweight, and my dad isn't over by that much. What are the chances that we will get diabetes?

 Is it diabetes if ants are attracted to someone's blood?
Is it diabetes if ants are attracted to someone's blood?
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Umm..wow, I didn't cut myself purposely, but I did get a laugh on reading all the fake answers.

 Am I diabetic?
I am 16 years old and have a BMI of 18.0. I am very slim and my friends are beginning to worry. However, my main worry is that I begin to physically shake when I am the slightest bit hungry. I drink ...

 If you were more than 100 pounds overweight, would you consider having a gastric bypass?
Could you abide by the diet after the surgery?
Could you pass the psychological exam to have the surgery?...

 if a movie starts at 4:40 pm and is 107 minutes long, what time will it be over?

 what kind of foods do diabetic people eat?

 I'm 12 years old and my mom thinks i might have Diabetes what should i do?
HELP ME!!! ;-(...

 Who is responsible for diabetes and obesity in america?
Who is responsible for diabetes and obesity in america?...

 I'm a very unhealthy eater... What will it do to me?
Well, I eat very unhealthily. For lunch I have things like candy. I am a vegetarian, so I can't get protein and nutrients that I need. I can't see what I am doing to myself. What will ...

 Does anyone else think people with type 2 diabetes are just lazy and don't bother eating/exercising properly?

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How could it happen to me, if I eat healthy and stay active? I also have no family history of (Type 2) diabetes....

 Can Diabetics drink Diet Cola of Pepsi?
if not then name any drink (including fruit juices) that they may drink without affecting their health.[available in all parts of the world] .
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I live in India and here ...

 Were our doctor went wrong? Should we switch?
A few days ago we went to the doctor because my sister was showing signs of diabetes. SHe was drinking a lot and peeing more than normal. She started puking a lot also. We went to the doctor about it ...

 Ok well I'm not sure if this exsists or I'm just to wird but...?
I think I have like the smallest crush on myself o.0 omg LOL is that even ...

 Is diabetes a disorder or a disease?

 Low Blood Sugar?
I do not have diabetes but have consistently low blood sugar (around 40-50) until I eat a lot of sugar (usually 4 glucose tablets) or 1 cup of orange juice, 2 or 3 granola bars, some crackers and ...

 Diabetics only please ?
I have been diagnosed as diabetic 2 . My glucose tolerance test was 12.1 .Have any of you been the same reading as me .What type of lifstyle did you then adopt? Thank you for taking the time to ...

 Why do diabetics have to check their feet?
I have type 1 diabetes and all the doctors and books tell me to keep care of my feet. Why is this?...

 help with drugged up diabetic niece refusing insulin bm=23.2?
she is refusing to take her injection her blood sugar is 23.2 what do i do she has taken some sort of powder or pill ran down street in rain with no shoes on and i had to chase her she is 17 ...

 How do you handle a restricted diet for life?
Because of a medical condition, I have to follow a restricted diet for the rest of my life. Now that I know so many foods are forbidden, I crave them all the time and usually give in. I guess I ...

 Why do people with diabetes smell funny ?
It is like a fruity/sickly ...

can diabetics drink beer?

Im not too sure, diabetics cant drink anything with sugar (or calories, cant remember) in it in large amounts, and im not too fantastic with my beer statitics...

Well I seen ppl do that which are not suppose to!....becuz alcohol damages your liver which leads to diabetes if something goes wrong with it!So no more alcohol it's for your own good!

Shouldn't. It's empty calories. Watch out or you'll end up with kidney failure or loose a leg or something. It's no joke.

Jay 007
Oh no, it contains sugar and lot of calories, the blood glucose level may go up, so the diabetes... avoiding is better.

NO, NO and NO....There is way too much sugar in alcohol and that kind of sugar is harder to metabolize.

Mikaila M
ask your doctor

No, no, noooooooo I would not put my mouth on that bottle!

3 Wise Monkeys
Yes diabetics can drink beer...in moderation like one glass a day with their midday meal.

Tin S
If you are diabetic, the amount of alcohol that is considered safe to drink is exactly the same as for anyone else. The Department of Health advises that men should not regularly drink more than 3 - 4 units of alcohol per day, and women should not regularly drink more than 2 - 3 units per day.

1 unit of alcohol is the equivalent of:

half pint beer, lager or cider,
50ml sherry, liqueur, vermouth or aperitif,
a small glass of wine (approximately 100ml to 125ml depending on the strength of the wine), or
25ml measure of spirit (such as gin or vodka).
The number of units in a drink can vary according to strength. Following the steps below you can work out the number of units in a drink:

Multiply the alcohol percentage by the amount of liquid, for example 5.2% x 568 ml = 2953.6.

Then divide the answer by 1000. In this case it would be 2953.6 divided by 1000 = 2.9536.

Finally, round this number up. In our example, the number of units would be 2.95.
Avoid the riskAlcohol acts by increasing your blood glucose levels, followed by a sudden drop. If you are diabetic, this can mean you are at risk of a hypoglycaemia attack (also known as a hypo). A hypoglycaemic attack occurs because your liver is trying to process the alcohol you have drunk, instead of replacing your body's natural glucose levels.

Symptoms of a hypo include seizures, headaches, loss of memory, double vision and confusion. Hypos can occur up to 16 hours after heavy drinking, and can be very dangerous, especially if you're sleeping at the time.

Other possible risks associated with drinking alcohol if you are diabetic, are hypertension (very high blood pressure) and extreme weight gain.

Play it safeThere are many ways for you to help reduce your likelihood of having a hypo. For example, try to only drink alcohol with a meal. You should never drink any amount of alcohol on an empty stomach, as the alcohol will be quickly absorbed into your blood stream.

If you know you are going to drink large amounts of alcohol, and you are not planning to eat very much, take a smaller dose of tablets or insulin to reduce your risk of a hypo. It's better to have a higher blood glucose level for a short time than to have a serious hypo.

Stan S
Yes, you can.
But, if you do.....
Incorporate the beer into your diet plan in other words, count the calories and carbs in your daily food intake. Mixed drinks are counted differently. FYI, tequila has the lowest amount of carbs of all alcohol beverages.
Also know that being drunk can be confused with the symptoms of low blood sugar.
Also know that your body will metabolize the alcohol and get ride of it before it starts to work through the increased glucose levels. This can and sometimes leads to low blood sugar especially with people on medications to control their blood sugar levels.
Above all, be careful and consult your physician.

? no

You can, but it's kind of a hassle. First you need to make sure you can handle the carb ("light" beer is often better) or give yourself insulin to cover it. But then a few hours later the alcohol causes your BG to go really low, so it's important to eat a fatty snack a few hours afterwards to help offset the drop. It takes some trial and error to figure out what works for you. Personally it's not worth the hassle to me to drink more than 1 or 2 margaritas a month.

hi lyn please read below ok thanks

is drinking acceptable if you have diabetes? The answer is yes, in moderation, providing that you take the proper precautions. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) asserts that alcohol can be incorporated into a diet plan, provided that blood sugar control is already well established and other conditions that aren't compatible with alcohol consumption (such as pregnancy or certain diabetic complications) don't exist.

How It Works

When you drink, your liver decreases its ability to release glucose so that it can instead clean the alcohol from your blood. Because glucose production is shut down, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) becomes a risk for people with diabetes, particularly if you drink on an empty stomach or shortly after taking insulin or glucose-lowering oral medications. And because it takes two hours for just one ounce of alcohol to metabolize and leave your system, the risk continues long after you've emptied your glass.

A Two-Drink Maximum

For individuals with well-controlled diabetes, alcohol intake should follow the same guidelines the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established for the general population. This means a maximum of two drinks per day for men and one drink daily for women. (A higher alcohol intake is allowed for most men because women have a lower body water content then men and also metabolize alcohol more slowly.) In addition, due to physiological changes such as loss of lean body mass that occur as the body ages, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends that anyone over age 65 should not consume more than one alcoholic drink daily.

One drink is defined as:

12 ounces of regular beer (150 calories)
5 ounces of wine (100 calories)
1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (100 calories)

[One drink equals 2 fat exchanges; regular beer is an additional 1 starch exchange.]

Kipper to the CUP!
Lets be realistic here..

I can't say for type 2's but as a type 1, I do exercise my right to eat anything a non-diabetic does. I just need to regulate my insulin

I remember reading a book once, that at most the recommended daily amount for a female who was type 1 diabetic, drinking wine was half a glass, or 1 shot or liquor, I can't recall how much beer.
But seriously? ONE SHOT?

Just be safe about it. Don't let diabetes run your life.

Iqbal A

Diabetes Living
paintedhorse30 is miss-informed. A Diabetic can drink beer or other alcohol IN MODERATION like in all things. One to two drinks is OK for most people, not just diabetics. The misconception is that alcohol increases blood glucose when in fact it lowers it. This is why a type 1 diabetic must make sure to have food with it or their BG can drop too low. A type 2 diabetic, and anyone else, should have some food with alcohol to help stabilize the system. This doesn't mean someone should get plastered, but 1-2 drinks is OK.

NO MORE than one 12 ounce beer a day.
You shouldn't though

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