How Alcohol Affects Blood Sugar

Whether you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or a veteran at diabetes management, it’s important to understand how alcohol affects your blood sugar. This article provides you with an overview of what happens in the body when you drink alcohol, how alcohol affects blood sugar levels, and what you can do to make sure you are able to enjoy a drink or two without compromising your health. 

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Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?

Hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) happens when your blood glucose is less than 70mg/dl. However, it is possible that you may experience low blood sugar symptoms at higher levels. Hypoglycemia is dangerous and can be life-threatening. It can lead to coma or death, if left untreated. Whenever possible, check your blood sugar level when you think it is low. Continue reading “Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?”

Hypoglycemia Unawareness:

“My blood sugars are low, but I feel totally fine!”

Very often, hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) symptoms occur when blood glucose levels fall below 70 mg/dl. But, many people have blood glucose readings below this level and feel no symptoms. This is called hypoglycemia unawareness. People with hypoglycemia unawareness are also less likely to be awakened from sleep when hypoglycemia occurs at night. Continue reading “Hypoglycemia Unawareness:”

What is Hypoglycemia?

The brain relies only on sugar to function, so it begins suffering when blood sugar (blood glucose) levels are low, usually less than 70 mg/dl. Hypoglycemia generally occurs when there is an excess of glucose lowering medications, after a long or intense exercise session or inadequate carbohydrate intake.  However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you.

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Managing Hypoglycemia During Exercise

Hypoglycemia and Physical Activity

People taking insulin or insulin secretagogues (oral diabetes pills that cause your pancreas to make more insulin) are at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, if their food or medications aren’t adjusted to account for exercise.
Checking your blood sugar before and after a physical activity is important to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Talk to your diabetes care team (doctor, nurse, dietitian or pharmacist) to find out if you are at risk for hypoglycemia.
It is important to become familiar with how your body responds to different durations and types of exercise.
Checking your blood sugar level more often before and around 30 minutes after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You also can use the results of your blood sugar checks to see how your body to reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood sugar from going too high or too low.

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