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Re: [IPk] Re: Alcohol

In message <email @ redacted>, Louis Anson
<email @ redacted> writes
>Alcohol is tricky as there seems to be conflicting advice. 

Alcohol is tricky because it doesn't, per se, have an effect on bg
levels, as fat, protein and carbohydrate do.  However, while the liver
has its own priorities, and believes that ridding the body of poison
(alcohol) is more important than metabolising glucose.

This is why _everyone_ gets low bgs after a lot of alcohol (and heads
for the kebab van).

So it's an individual threshold thing: to a certain point so there is no
way to say '4 units of alcohol means you must reduce your basal rate by
20% for six hours, starting 2 hours after the first drink was consumed'
which applies to everyone.  And, like everything else where human
metabolism is concerned, infection, menustration, stress, etc. etc.
means that there is variation within the individual.

The only conflict in the advice is between those who look at the above
and say 'diabetics shouldn't drink' (which sometimes comes out as '...
or only one or two units, with no hidden CHO'), and those who say
'Experiment, and try and experiment safely'.


(dm 30+, 508 1+, quite fond of poison)
Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
   "It might look a bit messy now, but just you come back in 500 years time" 
   (T. Pratchett)
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