Family gatherings, events and festivities during the holiday or weekend period usually involve various types of food and alcohol. This can make monitoring diabetes and blood glucose levels more difficult. There are two things to be mindful of when drinking; the number of carbohydrates contained in the drink and whether or not it contains alcohol.
When drinking non-alcoholic beverages, it is recommended to select diet alternatives rather than full-sugar beverages. A non-diet soda can contain as much as 49 grams of carbohydrate per serving compared to the zero carbs found in the diet equivalent.
Consuming alcohol in moderation is safe for people living with diabetes. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach can cause low blood glucose levels. It is important to be aware that low blood sugar can cause shaking and dizziness. If you are consuming alcohol, consider the number of carbohydrates (these can be seen in the tables below). Both white and red wines provide a similar amount of carbs per 5-ounce serving, between 3 and 5 grams. Dessert wines, however, can contain up to 20 grams. Stay safe this holiday season.
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