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Old 06-19-2012, 23:48   #1
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Hi cud do with a bit of help, just wandering how alcohol lowers ur sugar levels coz it is all full of sugar eg lager so therefore shud higher ur sugar levels right????

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Hi cud do with a bit of help, just wandering how alcohol lowers ur sugar levels coz it is all full of sugar eg lager so therefore shud higher ur sugar levels right????
beer and mixed drinks usually have carbs in them that would shoot most diabetics bg through the roof. However, liquor itself (gin, vodka, bourbon etc) has no carbs and will not increase bg. Instead, the ethanol in the booze is converted by the liver into acetate that is used for energy. The conversion process competes with the ability of the liver to produce glucose, which for many insulin-resistant type 2's is a major contributor to high bg. Therefore, down a couple of ounces of scotch and your bg will temporarily drop significantly if you are a resistant D2.

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beer and mixed drinks usually have carbs in them that would shoot most diabetics bg through the roof. However, liquor itself (gin, vodka, bourbon etc) has no carbs and will not increase bg. Instead, the ethanol in the booze is converted by the liver into acetate that is used for energy. The conversion process competes with the ability of the liver to produce glucose, which for many insulin-resistant type 2's is a major contributor to high bg. Therefore, down a couple of ounces of scotch and your bg will temporarily drop significantly if you are a resistant D2.
I've wanted to try this since I like a good bourbon or whiskey at night, but have been reluctant since DX. Light beer seems ok with MY system.

Does it impact the FBG or Is the acetate used up so as not to impact one way or the other?

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I've wanted to try this since I like a good bourbon or whiskey at night, but have been reluctant since DX. Light beer seems ok with MY system.

Does it impact the FBG or Is the acetate used up so as not to impact one way or the other?

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I too enjoy a bourbon or scotch on the rocks. Drops my bg significantly by up to 30 mg/dL within 30min or so! Unfortunately, once the ethanol is metabolized, the NADH/NAD ratio normalizes and the nightcap will have worn off by morning so as not to affect fasting bg. I even tried 2-3 oz in the morning (as an experiment) and it completely eliminated the dawn phenomenon. Clearly not recommended as a therapy, but I certainly wouldn't avoid it if you enjoy a good drink. The drop in bg reflects the degree to which my bg level is maintained by liver gluconeogenesis and I'm considering the degree to which it could actually serve as a loose index of resistance.

The acetate resulting from ethanol metabolism is easily converted to acetyl-CoA, where is enters the TCA cycle, or directly contributes to ketone body formation depending on overall metabolic status. In that regard, ethanol can be considered a decent food source

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I don`t know anythng about the educational stuff, but in my case through the night the BG gets lower and in the morning it`s good but couple of hours later it`s very high. Usally after vodka. I guess it can`t be controlled if I drink too much and get myself drunk. What can I say, I`m only a student ;P.

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Son just brought me a bottle of Jim Beam Black, ain't nothing wrong with him he knows what I like.

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I don`t know anythng about the educational stuff, but in my case through the night the BG gets lower and in the morning it`s good but couple of hours later it`s very high. Usally after vodka. I guess it can`t be controlled if I drink too much and get myself drunk. What can I say, I`m only a student ;P.
If you drink too much, dehydration can be an issue that will raise your bg.

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Son just brought me a bottle of Jim Beam Black, ain't nothing wrong with him he knows what I like.
Too bad you can't get 12 year old Old Charter, you'd like it.

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If you drink too much, dehydration can be an issue that will raise your bg.
That sounds like an oxymoronic situation.

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I have been alcohol free for 4years now. Like smoking, don't miss it a lick. Coming home on Father's day we were stopped and a Highway Patrol Checkpoint. Ostensibly they said they were 'checking" driver's license but in reality they were looking for drunk drivers. They always do up here in our rural area. When I also gave him my CCW and told him I had a pistol under my seat (in MO you do not have to volunteer that information unless they ask - but I always do) he thanked me for letting him know and sent us on our way with a smile.

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