Alcohol consumption may place people with diabetes at increased risk for hypoglycaemia, especially if taking insulin or medications that lower blood glucose levels. Education and awareness regarding the recognition and management of delayed hypoglycaemia are warranted. Both the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa and the American Diabetes Association agree with the recommendation that adults with diabetes who drink alcohol should do so in moderation (no more than one drink per day for adult women and no more than two drinks per day for adult men). Don’t drink alcohol, on its own or on an empty stomach, but rather with a meal or snack as it can cause low glucose levels rapidly.
Content supplied by Nasreen Jaffer, (Registered Dietitian and ADSA spokesperson)