Posted by: Tilly | 2006/10/25



Hi Doc

Worried about my husband. He binge drinks alcohol at least twice a week and takes his oral diabetic medication and insulin thereafter. Is this safe and will there be any side-effects?
Should he take any of the medication for diabetes even if he has one or two drinks?

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

Tilly, I see that your husband is a type 2 diabetic on a combination of oral tablets and insulin. There are many reasons why excessive alcohol consumption is bad for him:

Alcohol has a significant calori content and can cause weight problems or exacerbate already excess weight in diabetics which reduces the effectivity of insulin action and can have a negative impact on glucose control.

Alcohol, especially in binges, and in the absence of food intake can result in severe low blood sugars with potential permanent damage to the brain. This is caused because alcohol affects the livers ability to store glucose.

Alcohol can also cause marked accumulation of fat in the blood in certain susceptible diabetics.

He should stop his binge drinking and take his medication as prescribed

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Posted by: Bekkie | 2006/11/14

I have the same problem as the two ladies above. How do you explain to a man that alcohol is not good for him while is injecting with inculin. Should I just leave him and let him learn the hard way. I witnessed him almost fainting because of drinking to much and not eating but he thinks it is a major joke. Please give me some advice so that i know what to do.

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Posted by: j | 2006/11/02

I have the same problem. He was consumming up to 3 to 4 lts beer a night and i left. He then had a heart attack and it would look as if he is not drinking on the week-ends but in the week you can hear that he is still drinking. He has become forgetful and he believes that he sugar is not high on a drink night and has to eat to get it to come up, but the next day and a day after he will see his sugar is out of control and the blames it on stress.

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