Diabetes And Alcohol: What You Need To Know

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Managing diabetes isn’t easy. And a lot of the time it can feel like you’re missing out on some of your favorite things. From sleeping through the night to having to count carbohydrates through the holidays (don’t get us started on Halloween and kiddos with diabetes).

However, so much of having diabetes is about balance. There’s very little that has to be completely “off-limits” if you focus on moderation. Because most things you consume affect your blood glucose levels, the goal should be to make sure you get the nutrients needed to help your body function properly in the foods and beverages you do choose to consume.

That doesn’t mean people with diabetes need to go out and find the diabetes miracle diet (because that doesn’t really exist). Instead, the goal should be to maintain as healthy and well-balanced a diet as possible– just like everyone else. And that doesn’t have to be without indulgences… in moderation.

That can even mean enjoying alcohol in moderation.

Check out the video below where exercise experts, Marcey Robinson, MS, RD, CDE, BC-ADM and Jenny Smith, RD, CDE, discuss alcohol and diabetes. While the duo makes it clear they’re not here to promote the use of alcohol, they do want to make sure people with diabetes understand how alcohol can react with their condition!

Let us know what you think in the comments below! Cheers!

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L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.