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 Where can I throw away my used insulin needles?
I have about 300 used insulin needles that I don't know what to do with and I don't know where to throw them away at. I know I can't just throw them in a trash can, so I've ...

 hi, my doctot told my brother that he is experiencing the fist stages of diabetis....what does thathis mean???
does this mean that he has it or that he will get it soon?...

 i cant believe it omg thank you?
i used to have diabetes and i went to my appointment with the doctor and she said that i was cured can u believe that? i think it was god cause i pray all nights and finally he make the Miracle thank ...

 what does a blood sugar level of 27 mean?
i know its not good but wondered what the treatment ect will ...

 I have history of obesity in my family.?
i have history of obesity in my family...i am 28 years old with 118 kg weight...i have tried to reduce weight several times but nothing helped much...please help me out....

 muslim and diabetic wanting to fast - what advice should be given?

 If you have diabetes how much is alot of sugar?
for example is it safe for some one who has type 1 diabetes to drink something that is labeled in the back that says 16 g of sugar?

what are the numbers to stay away from?...

 Diabetes prevention. just curious?
My brothers friend has diabetes. I almost faint at the sight of any blood. so when i learned how diabetics test themselves i started thinking. Is there a way to prevent myself from getting diabetes? I...

 Diabetes IS IT?
okay...i fasted than ate something...i took my blood sugar recently it was 25...is this bad?...

 what are the basic complications of diabetes?

 I Have the symptoms of prediabetes and my mom won't talke me to get tested what do I do???

 I am a sugar patient.I am 27 years old.How many years I can live in the world?

 Cure for diabetes true or false?
When my dad went to puket about a year ago he came back and told me that he was talking to a man who said he took some tablets for 2 years and became cured from his diabetes. Is this true or is it ...

 Scared to get checked for diabetes?
Diabetes runs in my family I've studied and i have all the symptoms... Everytime I bring it up with my mom she doesn't really want to talk about and I don't think she wants to get me ...

 People say you might have diabetes when you have frequent urination. How frequent?
People say one of the symptoms to diabetes is having to go to the bathroom frequently. I was just wondering how much is frequently? I think most people go about 3-4 times a day. How would you know?...

 Could my symptoms be diabetes?
I am 17 years old, hispanic, healthy and diabetes run in both side of my family.

- increased urination
- extreme hunger
- constant thirst
- occasional numbness in feet

 New insulin pump- PINK OR GREEN!?
I am getting a new insulin pump and I can not choose between pink or green. PLEASE HELP ME CHOOSE!...

 I have type 2 Diabetes and I have tingling in my finger tips, WHY ? What can I do to prevent this ?

 what is the color of an healthy urine?
give the ...

 Wondering if I'll get diabetes.?
I'm wondering what my chances of getting diabetes are. My gramps had diabetes, and his brother died of diabetes. I believe his brother's daughter also died of diabetes. My dad doesn't ...

Can diabetics drink alcohol?
A friend of mine is turning 21 and I am going out with her for her 21st birthday. I know alcohol turns to sugar, so is there any safe way her to drink? I want her to have fun, but at the same time be safe.


syl c.
Alcohol is processed in the body very similarly to the way fat is processed, and alcohol provides almost as many calories. Therefore, drinking alcohol in people with diabetes can cause your blood sugar to rise. If you choose to drink alcohol, only drink it occasionally and when your diabetes and blood sugar level are well-controlled. If you are following a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges.

It is a good idea to check with your doctor if you are overweight or have high blood pressure or high triglyceride levels before drinking alcohol. If you are in doubt about whether drinking alcohol is safe for you, check with your doctor.

Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes:

While moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels.
Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.
Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.
Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels.
Alcohol may increase blood pressure.
Alcohol can cause flushing, nausea, increased heart rate, and slurred speech.
Diabetes and Alcohol Consumption Dos and Don'ts
People with diabetes should follow these alcohol consumption guidelines:

Do not drink more than two drinks of alcohol in a one-day period. (Example: one alcoholic drink = 5-ounce glass of wine, 1 1/2-ounce "shot" of liquor or 12-ounce beer).
Drink alcohol only with food.
Drink slowly.
Avoid "sugary" mixed drinks, sweet wines, or cordials.
Mix liquor with water or diet soft drinks.

Hope this helps. Good luck and have fun everyone needs fun in their life esp. persons with chronic illnesses but are still careful.

Can diabetics drink alcohol? Yes
Should they? No

john e russo md facm faafp
Yes in moderation. Despite what many people will say alcohol always elevates blood glucose but different types of mixed drinks will do so to varying degrees.

Candace C
yes they can bt they sholdnt its not healthy for u

Tin S
Alcohol is good for a diabetic. But in moderation. If she get wacked , make sure that she eats something before going to sleep. Thats if she is Type 1.

Alcohol is great for the heart. And we diabetics need everything going for use as far as the heart is concerned.
Have a ball, I just can't understand why she waited for the 21. I got drunk on my 14 birthday. Only in the socialist states of America can you go die for your country at 17 but can't have alcohol, legally until your 21. Wake Up AMerica.

I think I'll have a tody on this one


Gary B
ONE drink a day of hard liquor, or two beers. Non-alcoholic beers (O.Dool's, etc) are better.

She could just nurse one drink along during the evening festivities. Everyone needs to celebrate once in a while and she can adjust her diet to meet the increased glucose found in the alcohol.

Yes. As with anything just drink in moderation. The first link below is to a very good article on alcohol and diabetes (from DiabetesHealth magazine). The second link is to DLife answering the same concerns.

drummer boy
Yes, it is ok to drink a little bit of alcohol but your friend can't booze out, he/she is still a diabetic and still needs to check for blood sugar.
1-2 is enough.

Be safe and check out a medical sight or doctor irl before drinking alcohol with your diabetic friend or it could be a night at the hospital.

Alcohol LOWERS blood sugar.
Only drink when eating and have a carb filled snack before bed to avoid going too low.
Check your sugar often.
1-2 drinks a day is fine.

Alcohol consumption can actually LOWER the blood sugar in a person with type 1 diabetes. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and being buzzed from drinking look exactly the same. That's the big problem. Being passed out on the floor from drinking and being on the floor due to extremely low blood sugar look exactly the same.
To be safe, your friend should discuss this with her endocrinologist. She'll need to keep her wits about her and to test a bit more often. So no 21 shots or anything crazy like that.
The best idea here so far is to nurse one drink while she's out or maybe two, but anything more than that and there could be trouble.

TheOrange Evil
Alcohol can actually lower blood sugar in diabetics. If she drinks, she'll need to carefully monitor her blood sugar to make sure that she's not dropping too fast.

When I go out, I just drink light beers. They're low in carbs and don't contain enough alcohol (when consumed in moderation) to really have a profound effect on blood sugar.

She'll also need to be careful of the fruity girly drinks that are high in sugar. At a bar, I'm sure she doesn't want to ask the bartender what the carb count is so that she can go bolus in the bathroom.

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