The pancreas releases various hormones that control several metabolic activities in the body. Insulin is secreted by the beta cells of the pancreas which performs a great role in the regulation of our blood sugar levels. In patients with diabetes, the pancreas may not be producing enough insulin like the cases of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or Type I Diabetes. Another case is when there is an elevated resistance and reduced sensitivity to insulin which is a characteristic of Type II Diabetes or the Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Together with the pancreas, our liver also has an vital role in the regulation of the glucose level in the blood. It converts the extra glucose in the blood to be stored for future use in the form of glycogen.
Our liver will be damaged and scarred with frequent binge drinking episodes especially among persons with evident signs of alcohol abuse. When it develops, the liver will no longer be able to process the alcoholic beverages that we consume therefore interfering with its normal functions since alcohol is metabolized in the body like the way fats are being processed. It may produce high amount of calories if taken moderately but in excess amounts, this may actually cause the blood sugar to decrease way beyond the normal level which will be lethal to a diabetic person. This is why it is essential be aware of the signs of an alcoholic especially if you have a diabetic in the family.
It is also not recommended for a diabetic person to drink alcohol after having a long exercise. Increased probabilities of hypoglycemia or blood sugar levels below the normal range is likely to occur. Exercise burn the extra calories in the body which may cause the blood sugar to lower. If the individual will still drink a great amount of alcohol, this may cause further decrease in the glucose level of the blood which is can be harmful to the person’s health.
It is also not recommended to take extra dose of insulin before drinking to avoid very low levels of blood sugar. Another significant thing to remember is the need to check the blood glucose levels before, during and after the drinking session. If complications of diabetes are already present, abstinence from alcohol can definitely be beneficial to prevent the development of signs of alcoholism. It is advisable to seek physical examination from the physician to prevent exacerbation of symptoms such as high blood pressure, increase numbness of the extremities, and even problems experienced with diabetic eye. A safety indication also includes wearing the identification bracelet that you are a diabetic to alert medical practitioners in cases of emergencies.