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Type 1 Diabetes And Alcohol: What You Need To Know

There are lot of things that need to be taken into consideration when managing a condition like diabetes. Things a lot of people who don’t have diabetes would think about because they don’t have to deal with it on a daily basis.

For instance, many people might not consider the effects exercise has on their blood glucose levels. Or the way stress, a lack of sleep, or even smoking can affect them. While most people know food and beverages have an effect on blood sugar levels, some might not consider that alcohol consumption needs to carefully moderated.

But that doesn’t have to mean people with diabetes have to abstain from alcohol entirely. Instead, they just need to know what they need to look out for. For instance, it’s important to know the difference between having had too much to drink, and simply having low blood sugar. It’s equally important to know the nutritional facts in the alcohol you’re consuming, and to establish ways to ensure you continue to drink in moderation even if your judgment is a bit impaired.

The twins in the video below, Caitlin and Laura, both have type 1 diabetes. And they’ve found some really great tips and tricks that they’ve decided to share with us so we can avoid putting ourselves in potentially dangerous health situations when we’re enjoying our favorite cocktail, cold beer, or glass of wine.

Take a look at their tips so you can enjoy a tasty libation with your friends without stressing about your numbers!

We hope you enjoy! 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.