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Effect of alcohol consumption in a diabetic - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   how can i help u
User :   hi
User :   am xxxx
User :   may i know ur name
Doctor :   Dr.xxxx
User :   hi xxxx
Doctor :   XXXXXXXX go ahead ask ur query
User :   i heard alchol reduces blood sugar level
User :   and makes ur more hunger
Doctor :   ya it does
User :   is it good if you consume alchol in limits to control sugar levelc
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   Alcohol moves very quickly into the blood without being broken down (metabolized) in your stomach. Within five minutes of having a drink, there's enough alcohol in your blood to measure
Doctor :   Thirty to 90 minutes after having a drink, the alcohol in your bloodstream is at its highest level.
Doctor :   If you have diabetes and take insulin shots or oral diabetes pills, you risk low blood sugar when you drink alcohol
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User :   yes
Doctor :   To protect yourself, never drink on an empty stomach. Plan to have your drink with a meal or after eating a snack.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Normally, when your blood sugar level starts to drop, your liver steps in. It goes to work changing stored carbohydrate into glucose. Then it sends the glucose out into the blood, which helps you avoid or slow down a low blood sugar reaction.
Doctor :   However, when alcohol enters your system, this changes. Alcohol is a toxin. Your body reacts to alcohol like a poison. The liver wants to clear it from the blood quickly. In fact, the liver won't put out glucose again until it has taken care of the alcohol. If your blood glucose level is falling, you can quickly wind up with very low blood sugar
User :   ok
Doctor :   This is why drinking as little as 2 ounces of alcohol (about 2 drinks) on an empty stomach can lead to very low blood sugar.
User :   its better to quit alchol
Doctor :   yep
Doctor :   it affects ur liver in long run
User :   ok
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User :   thanks
Doctor :   ur welcome
Doctor :   if there is liver failure
Doctor :   treatment is very expensive
Doctor :   transplant done very rarely
Doctor :   cost is huge
Doctor :   anywhere bet 25 lakhs to 1 crore
Doctor :   think of that
User :   ok
User :   thinking of liver
Doctor :   yep
User :   thanks for the information
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   anything else u want to know
User :   thats all
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