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Smoking And Drinking Alcohol With Diabetes – The Pros And Cons

By on September 4, 2011

smoking and alcohol with diabetesThere are many things that people enjoy in life.

And sometimes there comes a time when those things can hurt you.

When it comes to smoking and drinking alcohol with type 2 diabetes there are a few things that you should know.

Smoking And Diabetes

For many, smoking is therapeutic. It can relax you after a stressful day or ease some tension. In fact, it is the nicotine in cigarettes that causes a release of dopamine in the brain, which is responsible for these desirable feelings . This is why smoking can be quite addictive. And when people stop smoking they feel that withdrawal. But at the end of the day, does the benefit really outweigh the risk when you have type 2 diabetes and you smoke?

Smoking all by itself, is a major risk factor for developing all of the complications that come with type 2 diabetes. How you might ask? First, it contributes to the clogging of your arteries. Second, it contributes to raising your blood pressure. Also, it increases your LDL and triglyceride levels, and lowers your HDL levels.

When you have type 2 diabetes and you smoke you are also more likely to develop kidney and eye disease (retinopathy). Every doctor who I have spoken to has told me that they tell their patients that they must stop smoking. I even know of some doctors who will tell their patients who continue to smoke large amounts of cigarettes despite being type 2 diabetic, to find another doctor because they won’t treat them unless they stop smoking.

Drinking Alcohol With Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you may have wondered, or asked your doctor if it is OK to have a drink. Sure wine or a drink out in a social setting can be good times. But did you know that alcohol can lower blood sugar? So for the most part, alcohol isn’t bad when you have it in moderation. Moderation means no more than one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men.

So most doctors will say alcohol is fine in moderation if you wish to drink and you have type 2 diabetes. But you should know that if you drink without food it can lower your blood sugar. So you must be careful if you take medications that lower your blood sugar. The main thing to worry about here is that your blood sugar will drop too low.

Recent studies have shown that it may even be beneficial for type 2 diabetics to drink alcohol in moderation because it can help reduce insulin resistance and increase HDL. Although, too much alcohol is high in calories and carbohydrates.

Prior to using any of this material, please consult with your physician.

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