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    scared crazy...
    pplseans posted:
    just got diagnosed yesterday type 2 ac whatever at 11. some sugar measurment at 300. have a bag full of pills and other stuff. doctor was great and had a heart to heart with me about my drinking. can't remember the last time I went two days without drinking. probably headed to rehab. only 45, thin, athalete, successful business man, but diabetes doesn't judge I know. have to come to grips with all this. want to see my grandkids.

    enjoyed your many posts. any tips from drinkers would be appreciated.

    one scared middle aged man.
    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    WebMD has an excellent Diabetes Health Center here:

    Reading through that should help you understand the cause and treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. Moderation is a key factor in controlling our blood glucose. Abstinence of certain things does come into play. For some people, it is alcohol. For others, it is white starches. You need to learn how to change your lifestyle to control your health condition(s).
    Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.


    rocketbob responded:
    I quit drinking over 12 years ago at 48 and was diagnosed type two just over a year ago. I can assure you if you go to rehab you will hear many comparisons of diabetes to alcoholism mainly from alcoholics. However there is a big difference between the two. An alcoholic doesn't have to change his diet or exercise in order to not drink. In fact he or she can can go on with their lives without any change other than not drinking even though there are plenty who might argue otherwise. However, I am limiting my view to the effects of alcohol on the body of which there are none in a non drinkerr barring of course past damage. Diabetes however untreated will over time kill you and before doing so cause much misery (ampmutations,, blindness, renal failure,ect). There is no cure as yet, but much to hope for with positive changes in lifestyle and diet that go a long ways in avoiding the bad effects of this disease.These forums and others offer plenty of tips on managing diabetes and sharing the wisdom of others who have controlled their condition for decades. So make the best use of them and good luck on this new turn in your life.
    dianer01 responded:

    I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do regarding drinking but I really scared myself a few years ago.

    I am on metformin and glyburide, and the glyburide mixed with alcohol can cause some serious lows. I had a few martinis and several hours after going to bed, woke up in a cold sweat. I tested my blood glucose and had a reading of 38. Fortunately I woke up but I could have just as easily continued to sleep and could have just as easily slipped into a coma. I also rebounded from that incident and had a very high reading the next morning.

    Massive swings are not good. Extreme lows are not good. If your doctor has referred you to a diabetes educator, please talk to them to understand how your drinking may affect your diabetes control. Please be honest with them about the amount and what you drink.

    accelerate out of the corners
    brunosbud responded:
    Family history (of Diabetes), your age, your ethnicity and your previous health history are risk factors that you can't control and can never change. If you score high on these risk factors, there is high probability that you will become diabetic. I scored very high, plus, I use to be a smoker, alcoholic and junk food addict...

    I choose to focus on the Controllable risk factors of diabetes, instead. They are...
    1. Diet
    2. Exercise
    3. Medications
    4. Alcohol
    5. Smoking
    6. See your physician, regularly
    7. Future health history:
    • weight
    • blood pressure
    • cholesterol
    • blood sugar

    Present thinking by most diabetes specialists say, by exercising good control of the "Controllable" risk factors, you can delay and, possibly, avoid diabetes, altogether.

    Aside from cholesterol, I've reversed or eliminated all 7 Controllable Risk Factors and, as a result, I've not had an A1C over 6.0 in the last 40 months. I'm 55.

    Control the controllable and let the chips fall where they may. Good luck!
    auriga1 responded:
    Pplseans, I would like to commend you on realizing that you have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol consumption in excess could lead to cirrhosis and fatty liver. Everything we eat and drink gets processed through your liver, including medication.

    "Bag full of pills." There are many medications for diabetes, including insulin, that do not mix well with alcohol. Dangerous.

    I use insulin to control my diabetes and IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED that alcohol be consumed while using it. Read all the information that came with your medication. Some can cause lows in your blood glucose. Lows can be as dangerous as highs. I do not drink now, but did before the insulin usage. Drank every day, too.

    If you can't stop by yourself, seek help. There will be no judgment from anyone. There's rehab and there's AA. AA is all over the country.

    Wishing you the best.
    LeGrappler responded:
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 1988 and have been on pills etc ever since. I like a drink and have finally discovered that Cabernet Savignon - 2 glasses prior to or during dinner seems to lower my sugar level. I cannot explain this; however, it is true.
    Mauilady54 replied to LeGrappler's response:
    @LeGrappler - I found the same to be true. I've been a type 2 diabetic since 1996. All these years, I have been able to control my diabetes with medication (Metformin), diet, and exercise. However, lately my glucose levels have been steadily rising. I DO NOT want to go on insulin. I discovered that wine helps to lower my glucose levels. I started with white wine (Chardonnay) which worked very well and then tried White Zinfandel which did not work (I think the sugar content was too high). I recently tried red wine, Cabernet Savignon and it worked. I'd rather drink wine than get a shot of insulin. Moderation, like with anything, is the key.
    LeGrappler replied to Mauilady54's response:
    Mauilady54 - I spoke with my endocrinologist today and he told me that the wine will lower the BS; hence, one must consider this when evaluating different amounts of alcohol with the medication dosage. Two glasses of wine seem to be optimal. Remember as Ben Franklin once said "wine will give you wisdom, beer will give you power, but water will give you bacteria".

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