St. Patrick’s Day is upon us – and that could mean celebrating with more than just green shamrocks. As I mentioned in my “6 Things I Learned From You” article , the DOC has taught me that living with diabetes takes time and energy. Trying to balance diabetes and alcohol can be difficult but doesn’t mean that you must always avoid all adult beverages – just be smart about the decisions you make.
People living with diabetes can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you do decide to drink, be sure to visit the American Diabetes Association website for helpful tips. For instance, be sure to drink water, or some other no calorie drink in between alcoholic drinks (a good tip for those not living with diabetes as well).
Here are a few other helpful tips:
- Drink only when and if blood glucose is under control. Do not omit food from your regular meal plan.
- Test blood glucose to help you decide if you should drink.
- Wear an I.D. that notes you have diabetes.
- Sip a drink slowly to make it last.
- Try wine spritzers to decrease the amount of wine in the drink.
- Use calorie-free drink mixers — diet soda, club soda, diet tonic water, or water.
- Do not drive or plan to drive for several hours after you drink alcohol.
Start the conversation with your doctor before taking your first sip. Keep in mind, one alcoholic drink equals: a 5-oz. glass of wine, 1 and half oz. of liquor or a 12-oz. beer.
If you decide to drink, make sure to check your blood sugars before, during and after – particularly before you go to bed.
If you have other tips, please send them our way – leave a comment, send us a tweet at @diabetes_sanofi or go to our Facebook page! Or, leave a comment to share your favorite way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.