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From Sweden:

What happen with the body if you have diabetes and drink alcohol?


Your short question involves many complex metabolic relationships between alcohol intake and diabetes, and it may vary in relation to the amount and type of different alcoholic beverages (wine, drinks), type of treatment (insulin, tablets), other alcohol-induced diseases (e.g., liver diseases), time of consumption (while fasting or fed).

Any alcoholic beverage before eating can be dangerous increasing the risk of subsequent hypoglycemia before the meal. Light wine in moderate amount (not more than 1/4 liter a day) while eating can be fine (even good for your HDL cholesterol level). Spirits and drinks which are consumed after eating increase your blood lipids and your caloric intake and therefore you should include them in calculating your diet.


Original posting 9 Nov 97


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