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Old 11-02-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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Are we forever banned from sugar and alcohol?

I know that in order to control blood sugar that you must lose weight with people that have type 2 diabetes. But are we forever banned from sugar and alcohol? I mean can we eat a pizza and a beer sparingly which I mean very little on special ocassions or are we banned forever? Just curious..don't know much.

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Old 11-02-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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Re: Are we forever banned from sugar and alcohol?

No, we are not forever banned, however, we do need to pay close attention to what we eat, when we eat, what the BS is before we indulge in goodies.

I am type 2 controlling via diet/exercise only and the way I have special treats is to be sure and test before the meal, add up carbs in foods/drinks I plan on eating and add to the BS test results. If it will be higher than I want the BS to go, I either forget about the goodies or reduce serving size to amount my body can handle.

I must admit that pizza and alcohol at the same time is asking for a high BS.

I use a plan I made for myself:

1 gram starch carbs = 6 or 7 points per gram.
1 gram non-starch carbs = 1 or 2 points

Mutiply grams times points and that will tell you about how high the BS will go.

With planning you may or may not be able to enjoy pizza and alcohol.

Remember, some starches spike the BS higher than others. Everyone is different, some get away with starches and others do not.

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Old 11-03-2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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Re: Are we forever banned from sugar and alcohol?

I've found that alcohol makes my BS go lower. I haven't tried it with something really high carb like sweets, pizza, pasta or potatoes. And my alcohol is not beer so maybe it doesn't work the same way as wine or alcohol - but a glass of wine with a few more carbs than normal for my meal usually is a good result, for me anyway.

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Re: Are we forever banned from sugar and alcohol?

I want to add that you should look out for alcohol incompatibilities with medications you are using. Metformin, for example. Small amounts of alcohol are not usually a problem. However, the complication, lactic acidosis, is more likely for someone who has chronic kidney problems, etc. and could be a reason for the doctor to recommend abstinence.

Check with your doctor who knows your history.

some get away with starches and others do not
This is ever so true. I can eat potatoes, beans, and fruits, but not pasta.
Pasta and some white breads send my sugar screaming into the stratosphere.

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