Posts Tagged ‘alcohol causes low blood sugar’

A few weeks ago I posted on one of my experiences of getting low blood sugars from drinking alcohol. After having a few comments on the subject, it got me thinking more about WHY alcohol makes your blood sugar drop. I researched the subject and found the following information from the American Diabetes Assoc.


Basically it explains that when you drink alcohol your liver attempts to eradicate the alcohol before it remedies the glucose in your system. If you have more than 2 oz of alcohol while your glucose is dropping, this can cause a severe low blood sugar. Keys to prevention of low blood sugar while drinking alcohol include never drinking on an empty stomach, and continue snacking while you drink.

It is a very informative and helpful article.

Feel free to comment with your experiences or any questions.


Read Full Post »

Ah, today has been a very lazy day. Last night we went to a Halloween party at a friends house. It was a lot of fun. For the first time in 6 – 8 months, I had mixed drinks! I didn’t know what they would do to my blood glucose levels, but I decided to let loose anyway, and just test my sugars often and keep it in check the best I could.

Throughout the evening it stayed pretty low, in the high 60’s…..before bed at 3am, I tested and it was in the 40’s. So I ate some bread and a nut/granola bar, and suspended my pump. I was planning on just waiting a half hour and making sure my sugar went up, and then unsuspending my pump before going to bed. BUT, I must have fallen asleep on the couch, because when I woke up at 6:30am I could feel that my sugar was high because my skin hurt and my feet ached. I remembered that I had suspended my pump and not unsuspended it, explaining the high. I tested and it was 260.  So I took 3 units and unsuspended it, before heading back to bed.

I woke up at 11 and my glucose was down to 38…..which is a pretty normal reading the morning after I drink. Darn it! So I had some milk and my sugar has been good the rest of the day.

What did I learn from this? It seems that mixed drinks/hard a, causes lows just like my usual wine spritzers. I did take a few units during the night if I was having a snack, or having an ultra sugary drink….maybe I should have gone without that?

I’m still learning. 🙂

Read Full Post »