If you have diabetes, drinking alcohol may cause your blood sugar to either rise or fall. Plus, alcohol has a lot of calories.
If you drink, do it occasionally and only when your diabetes and blood sugar level are well-controlled. If you are following a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges. Learn more about the effects of alcohol on diabetes.
It is a good idea to check with your doctor to see if drinking alcohol is safe for you.
Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes:
These may be confused with or mask the symptoms of low blood sugar.
People with diabetes who drink should follow these alcohol consumption guidelines: