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Re: [IP] Pumping and Alcohol

Hi Matt
Are you a type 1. As a new pumper and a type two, I don't see much change
with wine or vodka with a little diet cranberry. I was always told that the
only effect alcohol would have is that it would lower sugar levels but since
it is made from potatoes , grapes etc, it would be sugar and raise the
levels. I am not sure.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matt Braun" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Pumping and Alcohol

> I'm not a stranger to the bottle myself, and I've been pumping for over
> years. What I've found is that after more than 2 or 3 drinks, my blood
> will remain lower for the rest of the night, and usually into the next
> I usually stick to Miller Lite (less than 4 grams of carbs/bottle) or
> cocktails mixed with Diet Coke (Bacardi, Dewers, Captain Morgan, Crown
> Royal, etc.). Once in a great while I'll splurge with a Long Island Iced
> or two. I never bolus for the carbs in the beer, but will bolus for snacks
> consumed while drinking. One or two glasses of wine don't seem to affect
> BG enough to worry about it. (Someone else can chime in with the science
> behind alcohol lowering your blood sugar, affecting your liver and it's
> release of glucagon, etc.)
> I can't really recommend drinking heavily while pumping, or on shots for
> that matter, but if you're going to do it, I'd recommend checking every
> or  so. It's easy to confuse the symptoms of drunkenness and low blood
> sugar, and your friends are less likely to think you're acting erratically
> when you're out boozing. I have gone low after drinking too much, and
> believe me, it's not a fun experience. It's much safer to have somewhat
> elevated BGs for a night, in my opinion (not too high, but if I check and
> I'm in the high 100s or low 200s, I don't get too concerned). If I check
> am really high, I'll do a very conservative correction bolus, shooting for
> target in the mid to upper 100s. Make sure one of your drinking buddies
> knows that you're diabetic, just in case something unfortunate were to
> happen to you.
> One more thing -- if you're going out to a concert or dance club, don't
> underestimate the exercise. It's easy to get preoccupied and sloppy with
> your "diabetic math" after a couple of drinks.
> Cheers --
> Matt
> PS -- I just re-read my post, and realized it might come across like I
> a drinking problem. Believe me, that is not the case. I don't drink that
> often and am cautious when I do -- I'm just trying to offer some honest
> advice, hoping that it helps someone out there from getting into trouble.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <email @ redacted>
> To: <email @ redacted>
> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 1:59 PM
> Subject: [IP] Pumping and Alcohol
> > I *love* beer--IPAs and stouts are my favourites! I was diagnosed three
> years
> > ago (I'm 25 now) and have had my pump since August. I've discovered that
> beer
> > *generally* gets a 1-carb bolus. Mixed drinks and the like are a bit
> > difficult, but I usually give a margarita 3 carbs, gin and tonic 1.5...
> all
> > depends (of course!). Of course if you're out for a night of drinking,
> it's a
> > little more tricky, but it can be done. (But of course no one's supposed
> to "go
> > out for a night of drinking", right? ;) )There's a fnatastic book called
> "The
> > Dr.'s Guide to fat...." I don't remember the entire name (you can find
> at
> > http://www.calorieking.com) and it has nearly all exchanges for almost
> kind
> > of alcohol you can think of...(and some that I haven't!)
> >
> >  I'm using the Paradigm 512 and find, if necessary, that the BD Logic
> meter not
> > only clips on your belt, but can hold a small cell phone, house key,
> driver's
> > license/checkcard/cash in addition to the meter, etc.
> >
> > Hope this helps!!!
> >
> > Caoilte
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