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How does alcohol affect blood glucose levels?



Alcohol can affect blood glucose (sugar) levels in several ways. It can interfere with the liver's ability to release glucose into the bloodstream, leading to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Alcohol can also increase the production of certain hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which can raise blood sugar levels. Additionally, alcohol can impair the body's ability to use insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. As a result, the consumption of alcohol may result in blood sugar levels that may remain high for longer periods of time thereafter.


It is important to note that the effects of alcohol on blood sugar levels can vary depending on the individual and the amount of alcohol consumed. It is generally recommended to monitor blood sugar levels closely and to be cautious when drinking alcohol, especially if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. It is also a good idea to eat a high protein snack before or while drinking alcohol to help prevent experiencing low blood sugar levels.

 

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