Alcohol can interfere with your blood glucose control, both raising and lowering blood sugar. Once in your system, alcohol initially lowers blood sugar, which can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). To minimize your chances of experiencing a hypoglycemic reaction caused by drinking alcohol keep these tips in mind.
Calories and Carbs in Alcoholic Beverages
Makers of alcoholic beverages are not required to post nutrition facts on their labels, so it can be difficult to know how many calories and carbs various drinks really contain. The following provides some general ranges.
*Does not include mixer
For anyone trying to eat healthier, manage their weight, or control their diabetes, the guidelines for drinking alcohol can be a confusing cocktail to swallow. Use your best judgment when it comes to drinking, and talk with your health care provider for more specific guidelines.
For more specific information or help, talk to your health care provider. The American Diabetes Association's National Call Center also offers live advice from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at 1-800-DIABETES or 1-800-342-2383.
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