Alcohol Poses Serious Risks for Those With Diabetes

If you drink, diabetes association recommends having a snack at the same time.

Healthfinder.gov: By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter 7/23/12.


FRIDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) — People who have certain chronic medical conditions, such as type 1 diabetes, are even more susceptible than most to the ill effects of alcohol, though they may not be aware of how potentially dangerous alcohol can be.

That was the case for Cynthia Zuber when she first went away to college. Although Zuber had type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, she didn’t know at the time that mixing an alcohol binge and insulin use might have deadly consequences.

Zuber was just 18 when she went to a fraternity party.

“It was a party of upperclassmen, and my friend and I, both freshmen, felt very young and out of place,” she recalled. “To deal with the discomfort, I started drinking beer.”

Throughout the evening, she said, she went back for refills on her own, and people also repeatedly brought her refills. “I had no idea how many beers I had,” she said, nor did she know her blood sugar levels because she didn’t test them during the party. Read more