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Effects of Alcohol on Diaebtes


Small amounts of alcohol, like beer and sweet wine, can cause blood sugar to rise.  Excess alcohol can decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels.

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  • Alcohol increases your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.
  • It affects your judgment or willpower, causing you to make poor food choices.
  • Alcohol interferes with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.
  • It increases blood pressure. 
  • It causes flushing, nausea, increased heart rate, and slurred speech, which may be confused with or mask the symptoms of low blood sugar.

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