Alcohol & Diabetes
Drinking among diabetics is widespread and carries additional health risks, studies show.
Diabetes is rising at an alarming rate in the US, with doctors urging sufferers to regulate their diets. Most think that means simply limiting sugar, but usually a complete overhaul is needed. While progress is being made and many are getting the message, the word isn’t getting out that alcohol can be just as dangerous as certain food items for diabetics.
The most recent National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) shows that binge alcohol use is lower among adults with diabetes than among those without diabetes (that’s the good news). While it may seem positive to discover that binge drinking is lower among diabetics of all age groups, more than one third (34.3 percent) of diabetics aged 18 to 25 still reported past month binge drinking.
This reason this stat is so notable is because alcohol consumption, even in moderation, can have serious health consequences for those living with diabetes, due to its ability to produce abnormally high or low blood sugar levels. Alcohol use (even when it doesn’t include binge drinking) can also lessen the likelihood of an individual monitoring blood sugar levels and eating properly.
As a result of these findings, it’s clear that diabetic young adults may benefit from additional targeted messages to reduce their alcohol use. It also has healthcare officials questioning whether the word is not getting out or if the dangers are known but diabetics are choosing to put their health at risk anyway.
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