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How does alcohol affect the pancreas of a diabetic?

Commented on April 20, 2012
Created April 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I used to take 360 ml of wine daily Now I am Diabetic what is the reaction of alcohol on Pancreas ?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 20, 2012
at 02:10 PM

@interrobung - consider moving that comment into an answer -- 'cause it is the answer. :-)

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

As a T1 Diabetic, I was always advised against excessive alcohol consumption due to the fact that it blocks the liver from releasing glucagon when blood sugar levels dip too low.

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on April 20, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Are you asking how alcohol helped get you here, or what alcohol does for/to you now? The universal answer is that your body metabolizes ethyl alcohol preferentially to any normal fuel stores (glucose included). This causes excess insulin and glucose both to be circulating in your bloodstream, down-regulating insulin production (DM1-like) as well as receptor synthesis (DM2-like).

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on April 20, 2012
at 12:17 PM

Are you Type 1 or 2? I'd be more concerned about the effect on the liver if you are T2.

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