Diabetes Can Be Tough During the Holidays

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The holidays are often a time we spend celebrating a little, for those who have diabetes here are some tips regarding alcohol consumption over the holidays. 

As the holidays approach, health concerns arise among diabetics who may have questions concerning alcohol intake during this festive season. Board Certified Pharmacist, Dr. Avni Mahiji advises on ways of assessing how much alcohol a diabetic should consume during the holidays based on their type of their condition.  Dr. Mahiji’s extensive experience working with diabetic patients on various medical issues has given her a great deal of knowledge in this area and she can provide accurate and helpful tips for those confronting such an issue. She stresses that drinking alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to and worsen diabetes, potentially causing diabetic eye disease and kidney disease. Since diabetics are predisposed to high blood pressure, Dr. Mahiji warns that it is important to be mindful of this fact.

“Consuming alcohol is a risk for any diabetic,” states Board Certified Pharmacist Dr. Avni Mahiji. “While it is extremely tempting to indulge over the holidays, it is important to weigh the risks and rewards of imbibing. Blood sugar and blood pressure must be carefully regulated by diabetics at all times, and it is necessary for anyone suffering from the illness to stay on track no matter what the season.”

Dr. Mahiji is aware that many diabetics may choose to treat themselves occasionally when celebrating the holidays, and thus she breaks down the levels of alcohol that are safe to be consumed for those suffering from Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

For Type 1 Diabetes, which is usually diagnosed before the age of 20, drinking must be done in moderation due to the fact that it typically causes hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar the following day.
Those with Type 2 Diabetes, usually caused by insulin resistance and common in those who are overweight, must monitor their blood sugar for the same reason.

For women with either type of Diabetes, Dr. Mahiji recommends limiting intake to 1 drink per day, and she recommends 2 drinks a day for men.

She reminds diabetics to measure the amount of alcohol consumed. One drink serving is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor such as scotch, gin, tequila, or vodka. Dr. Mahiji suggests that all of these details be taken into consideration before a diabetic chooses to pick up a drink.

For more information on Dr. Avni Mahiji please visit her website.

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