Who wants a margarita?
Drinking alcohol like our two favorite daytime divas, Hoda and Kathie Lee, can cause blood sugars to rise for people living with diabetes because alcohol is processed in the body very similarly to the way fat is processed, and alcohol provides almost as many calories.
Of course its hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo celebration without a margarita. But did you know a frozen Strawberry margarita from Red Lobster contains over 350 calories! Yikes! Why not opt for your refreshing margaritas to be made on the rocks instead of frozen? The frozen margaritas are a veritable sugar bomb, providing upwards of 500-700 calories for the jumbo versions. Stick with a 3.3 ounce cocktail glass of margarita over ice, which clocks in at a much more reasonable 150 calories. Most people sipping on margaritas can’t snack on a few chips and then stop–we’re more likely to keep reaching for those warm, crunchy, salty tortilla chips until the basket is completely empty. And then the server brings another basket, and the mindless munching continues until your main meal arrives. To avoid this dilemma altogether, ask your server not to refill your chips and salsa. .
If you choose to drink alcohol, try to follow a calorie-controlled meal plan, one drink of alcohol should be counted as two fat exchanges.
It is a good idea to check with your doctor if you are overweight or have high blood pressure or high triglyceride levels before drinking alcohol. If you are in doubt about whether drinking alcohol is safe for you, check with your doctor.
Here are some other ways that alcohol can affect diabetes:
- While moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level — sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels.
- Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
- Alcohol stimulates your appetite, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar control.
- Alcohol can interfere with the positive effects of oral diabetes medicines or insulin.
- Alcohol may increase triglyceride levels.
- Alcohol may increase blood pressure.
Get more advice on drinking and diabetes tune in to Diabetes Roundtable Inspired by Kathie Lee And Hoda http://www.blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio1/2013/04/09/diabetes-roundtable-inspired-by-kathie-lee-and-hoda