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Alcohol tends to lower blood glucose. This means you do not need to take extra insulin or medication to cover the alcohol you drink. In fact, it can be dangerous to do so.
People with diabetes should take the following precautions when consuming alcohol:
Alcohol Reduces Free Fatty Acids
“Acute alcohol consumption improves insulin action without affecting beta cell secretion.”
That was the finding of Italian researchers who suggest this effect may be partly due to the “inhibitory effect of alcohol on lipolysis,” or, the splitting up or chemical decomposition of fat. In their study, alcohol significantly increased insulin sensitivity in both groups.
In addition, alcohol reduced free fatty acid by 17 percent in control subjects but significantly decreased free fatty acid by 23 percent in type 2 volunteers.
—D. Trecroci, Diabetes Care, June 2004
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