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Old 03-01-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default *sigh* Medical Question....

I'll come out and say it...I'm a type one diabetic.

I've been one for 3 years now (i'm 24), and i hate it.

I love beer... any suggestions on how to make a diabetic friendly beer?

(low carb, low sugar...maybe convert all the sugar to alcohol? <i dont actually know the complete process yet> :-> )

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Old 03-01-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hey JJ

Don't have an answer for you, however I'm in the same boat type 2 for 13 years, on the pump. I cann't drink a lot of beer, so I make sure the beer I drink is the very, very best. That's one of the things that led me to drinking craft beer.

Hope someone on this site has some suggestions.

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Old 03-01-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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What's going on man?

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Don't have an answer for you, however I'm in the same boat type 2 for 13 years, on the pump.
What spured this question is that i just came back from my endo. It was my final appt before i order my pump. I'm so excited it's unreal.

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I cann't drink a lot of beer, so I make sure the beer I drink is the very, very best. That's one of the things that led me to drinking craft beer.
I think subconciously i'm doing the same thing. Right now i dont drink "too much" but i know i need to cut down.
(it also depends on the night/day i'm having)
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:14 PM   #4
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I'm pre-diabetic and battle this as well. Maltose (the sugar in beer) is just about the worst thing you can consume as a diabetic it has a glycemic index of 105. There are a couple of things you can do though:
1) Drink lighter beers
2) Drink high quality beers so you won't drink as many
3) Combine your beer with some protein to slow down the absorption
of the maltose and thus the insulin spike or requirement associated
with it.

Reseach suggests that moderate alcohol consumption (1 - 2 drinks a day) actually increases your sensitivity to insulin and lowers your lipid levels. I'm not sure of what the benefits to type 1's are though. The higher B-vitamin content of homebrew will also help metabolize the sugars. My attitude is this: life is a balance - you should be able to enjoy a few beers (or even a fat laden ribeye) every now and then. Just don't over-do it. If you plan your calorie and carb intake, just factor it in.
A life without beer is just not worth living

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switch to wine.

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switch to wine.
i actaully came from wine. I fell in love with Segiesho Zinfendal and to this day drink it on special events.

What it boiled down to was the cost. Beer is simply cheaper. Wine doesnt keep well, and hell you can have one bottle of beer and be done, wine...that's like upwards 10 glasses per bottle.
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First, talk with your doctor about this. They know alot more about your condition than anyone here on the boards and can advise you better. All information given here is for informational purposes only. It should not take the place of professional medical advice. You have been warned.

Having said that, there are two important things to consider. First, beer has carbs, which must be taken into account if you are doing any sort of special diet. You are already thinking of this as you mentioned low carb beer. I'd pick styles that are lower in carbs, but you could probably drink higher carb beers as long as you factored it into your diet.

Second, and more importantly, alcohol can lower your blood sugar. This is important because hypoglycemia, unlike hyperglycemia, could kill you. Therefore, if you are consuming alcohol you must be aware of the signs of hypoglycemia. Again, talk to your doctor. I would think lower alcohol beers would be better, both for the above reason and because alcohol is empty calories (which you don't need).

The key for you is going to be moderation. Talk to your doctor and just be aware of your beer and yourself.

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Read this.....

http://www.bacchus-barleycorn.com/PD...arb%20beer.pdf

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I'm a dabetic as well and I think Finch summed it up the best

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I make sure the beer I drink is the very, very best.
Drink good beer and ya wont feel the need to drink a lot of it as much
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Drink good beer and ya wont feel the need to drink a lot of it as much

Not sure I follow you I find myself drinking much more of my beer than I ever did because... well... its better.
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