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    Default Any diabetics out there?

    I had dinner with a friend the other night who is a diabetic. He said that he really isn't supposed to drink alcohol but can have the occasional vodka drink every now and then since vodka contains less sugars than other spirits.

    Then he wanted to try some tequila and asked me to pick something that wasn't "too sweet". But I figured that all 100% de agave tequila has about the same amount of sugar in it, no?

    Anyone have any experience with the issue of diabetes and tequila? Are there some tequilas that are better than others for diabetics?

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    Default Re: Any diabetics out there?

    Worth a try, as Agave nectar is very low on the glycemic index. I'm interested to see how it fairs against Vodka.

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    I don't think there is any sugar in alcohol as long as it's not a liqueor(sp?) or a flavor infused spirit. If you remember the old Bacardi commercial, it would say Bacardi and diet cola: 0 sugar, 0 carbs. I do follow a low carb diet and know that in Dr. Atkins book he also mentions that straight alcohol has no sugar but you still have to watch your intake because it'll break down your willpower. That's exactly what happens to me, after a few I eat like crazy.
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    all alcohol turns into sugar when ingested in the body. it doesn't matter if it's vodka, tequila, rum, wine, beer, etc...they are all bad for diabetics, and that is why many of them prefer cannabis.

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    Here's what I found at the American Diabetes Assoc., it doesn't simply turn to sugar.


    The Diabetes Food Pyramid: Alcohol

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    Beyond all the health and safety concerns about alcohol, if you have diabetes and are on diabetes medications that lower blood glucose, you need to practice caution. The action of insulin and some diabetes pills, sulfonylureas and meglitinides (Prandin), is to lower blood glucose by making more insulin. So, you should not drink when your blood glucose is low or when your stomach is empty.

    Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia shortly after drinking and for 8-12 hours after drinking. So, if you want to drink alcohol, check your blood glucose before you drink and eat either before or while you drink. You should also check your blood glucose before you go to bed to make sure it is at a safe level -- between 100 and 140 mg/dL. If your blood glucose is low, eat something to raise it.

    The symptoms of too much alcohol and hypoglycemia can be similar -- sleepiness, dizziness, and disorientation. You do not want anyone to confuse hypoglycemia for drunkenness, because they might not give you the proper assistance and treatment. The best way to get the help you need if you are hypoglycemic is to always wear an I.D. that states "I have diabetes."

    Another problem with alcohol can be that it may lessen your resolve to stay on track with healthy eating. Contemplate this situation. You sit at a restaurant and sip a glass of wine while you peruse the menu. As you slowly relax your tastebuds might be more easily tempted to overindulge.

    A Few Guidelines


    If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount and have it with food. Talk with your health care team about whether alcohol is safe for you.

    Women should drink 1 or fewer alcoholic beverages a day (1 alcoholic drink equals a 12 oz beer, 5 oz glass of wine, or 1&1/2 oz distilled spirits (vodka, whiskey, gin, etc.).

    Men should drink 2 or fewer alcoholic drinks a day.

    If you drink alcohol at least several times a week, make sure your doctor knows this before he/she prescribes a diabetes pill.
    More Tips to Sip By


    Drink only when and if blood glucose is under control. Do not omit food from your regular meal plan.

    Test blood glucose to help you decide if you should drink.

    Wear an I.D. that notes you have diabetes.

    Sip a drink slowly to make it last.

    Have a no calorie beverage by your side to quench your thirst.

    Try wine spritzers to decrease the amount of wine in the drink.

    Use calorie-free drink mixers -- diet soda, club soda, diet tonic water, or water.

    Drink alcohol with a snack or meal. Some good snack ideas are pretzels, popcorn, crackers, fat-free or baked chips, raw vegetables and a low-fat yogurt dip.

    Find a registered dietitian to help you fit alcohol into your food plan.

    Do not drive or plan to drive for several hours after you drink alcohol.

    Adapted from the book Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy. Written by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, a nationally recognized expert on healthy eating and diabetes.


    Life is too short to drink bad tequila!!!

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    Default Re: Any diabetics out there?

    Thanks for all that information gsars1, I have a friend that is diabetic. I'm sure he knew that stuff but I didnt!
    Tequila Don Valente....ask for it.

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    I am an insulin dependent diabetic... Contrary to what people think Alcohol lowers the blood sugar which can be dangerous if one is not eating.. a person's liver secretes glucose but when it is busy processing alcohol it cant secrete glucose which might end up resulting in a low blood sugar. Just watch out for mixers and liquers. If consuming those make sure to take the appropiate amount of insulin and check your blood sugars..

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    Default Re: Any diabetics out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by blancosuave
    I am an insulin dependent diabetic... Contrary to what people think Alcohol lowers the blood sugar which can be dangerous if one is not eating.. a person's liver secretes glucose but when it is busy processing alcohol it cant secrete glucose which might end up resulting in a low blood sugar. Just watch out for mixers and liquers. If consuming those make sure to take the appropiate amount of insulin and check your blood sugars..
    Thanks for suming it up very simply, instead of that long article I posted. I knew it was something like that but didn't know the exact terms.
    Life is too short to drink bad tequila!!!

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