Can Alcohol Cause Diabetes Type 2?
As obesity rates in the U.S. have gone up significantly in recent decades, conversations regarding diabetes have also become more prevalent. There are two types of diabetes, which will be discussed below, but lifestyle factors do play a role in diabetes, in different ways depending on the type.
It’s important for people to educate themselves about diabetes, to avoid the risk of developing it or suffering complications from the condition.
So since lifestyle factors do have a relationship with diabetes, what about alcohol and diabetes? Below is an overview of what diabetes is in general, and also what to know about alcohol and diabetes.
- Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia which is a drop in blood glucose that can be dangerous
- Alcohol stimulates appetite, so you may eat more if you drink than you would normally, and that can be problematic if you have diabetes. Alcohol can also affect your judgment in your food choices.
- Alcohol can interact with how effective insulin or certain diabetes medicines are.
- Alcohol can also increase triglyceride levels and blood pressure.
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