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Old 04-18-2010, 05:48   #1
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WOW tonight I checked my blood sugar after having a bad day and it was 209... I have no idea why, but I thought I would have a glass of Crown Royal whiskey and wait an hour and check it again.. I had an equivalent of about three shots on ice..an hour later I rechecked and it was 154.. that's pretty amazing.. a half hour later it was 109.. I have no idea why, or if it will climb back to the 200 range later, we will see.. but at least it seems to bring down the level very fast if that is necessary..I have never tried this before..and have no idea if other alcohols have the same effect.. anyone else have any other similar stories ? I've been a type 2 diabetic for over 10 years

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2 hours now still 109

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Welcome to our forum, Dave. Yes, alcohol has the capacity to lower our blood sugars. That's because it inhibits the liver from producing glucose. In fact, a glass of red wine at bedtime is sometimes suggested as a remedy for dawn phenomenon, in the hope that it will distract the liver long enough to prevent that early morning spike that some of us have.

Diabetic patients who enjoy going "out on the town" are cautioned to test often during the course of the partying, and to be sure they eat while they're drinking, in order to avoid a nasty low along with their hangover . . .




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Hello Dave, Alcohol is what we call a hidden carb as the alcohol acts first as that will lower BG and hours later the BG rises and rises higher and that where the carbs are as you will see next morning.

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Welcome to our forum, Dave. Yes, alcohol has the capacity to lower our blood sugars. That's because it inhibits the liver from producing glucose. In fact, a glass of red wine at bedtime is sometimes suggested as a remedy for dawn phenomenon, in the hope that it will distract the liver long enough to prevent that early morning spike that some of us have.

Diabetic patients who enjoy going "out on the town" are cautioned to test often during the course of the partying, and to be sure they eat while they're drinking, in order to avoid a nasty low along with their hangover . . .

Hey...I never thought of that....thats something to try...and an excuse for a night time glass of wine..yummy!

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Watch out when the liver resumes it's concentration! I usually have a high about five or six hours after drinking wine if I don't bolus at the right time.

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