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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sugar in urine
Does sugar in urine after alcohol intake always mean diabetes? I had a sugar in my urine after having had 2 glasses of wine. I have never had sugar in my urine before and was wondering if it could have to do with the alcohol??
I am not aware of any way that alcohol intake would alter a sugar measurement in the urine. Sugar in the urine does not always mean diabetes. Criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes are currently based on sugar in the blood measured in a clinical laboratory. If you are concerned about the possibility of diabetes, I would seek medical attention and have the proper blood tests (fasting plasma glucose and/or a so-called glucose tolerance tests) performed under suitably controlled conditions (meaning generally after an overnight fast of at least 10 hours with a normal carbohydrate intake for the several preceding days).
Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati