Is Vodka Good For Diabetes? Can I drink vodka if I have diabetes?
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Hello, I am Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I am going to answer the question, is vodka good for diabetes. But before you get into that, be sure to download my free diabetes management book, which also includes a guide to grocery shopping for diabetes (foods to eat and avoid).
Lately I've been getting some questions about liquor and diabetes. I made a video about Tequila and Diabetes, you may want to check it out.
I guess the reason many people are asking is that they have heard the theory that hard liquor lowers blood sugar. Let's look at that for a moment.
While it is true that a shot of hard liquor, say vodka, could reduce your blood sugar, you can do it in a quick mansion and it is short-lived.
Also, it is not a healthy drink for a stretch of the imagination.
Alcohol consumption has the ability to cause hypoglycemia in healthy people, but people with diabetes who take blood glucose lowering drugs are at risk of developing hypoglycemia from alcohol consumption.
Not only that, in a person with diabetes, alcohol could also cause an increase in blood sugar levels. And, alcohol has a lot of calories to boot.
Please, I do not think I'm hitting alcohol consumption. I personally do not drink, but that is certainly your choice. But using drink as a means of lowering blood sugar is not an option, it's an excuse.
There are many much safer ways to lower blood sugar. Water and a moderate amount of exercise will lower your blood sugar level safely.
For those with diabetes who choose to consume vodka, the following are good recommendations:
Drink with food
Mix with a diet or soda club
Wear a medical bracelet that says you have diabetes
Do not drink more than 2 vodka shots in a 24-hour period
The risk of hypoglycemia and vodka is real. Drinking heavily (especially without eating) can block the liver from releasing stored glucose into the bloodstream, causing blood sugar to flow out. This can cause, among many other things, diabetic seizure or even coma.
Is vodka good for diabetes? No, it really is not. The risks far outweigh any benefits you would see to drink. Can you have a shot or 2? Yes, be careful.
I hope this answers your question is good or bad vodka for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes management book.
Let me know if you have any other questions related to diabetes.
Video credits to The Diabetes Council YouTube channel