After a long week I like to come home and sit on the couch with a glass of wine. Ok, let’s be real – I could go for a glass of wine any day of the week.
When I was in college I definitely went through my binge drinking stage. I’m sure most of you can relate.
Drinking alcohol was more of an event and I didn’t really enjoy what I was drinking – just wanted to get the ‘buzzed’ feeling. I like to blame alcohol and 24 hour Mexican food on my 30 lb weight gain when I younger. Anyways, I digress…
Now that I’m older and more mature (insert giggle) I really have to enjoy the taste of what I’m drinking. I love wine. Red or white. I’ve learned to pair wine with certain foods and enjoy it in a different way. However, I choose wisely because I know alcohol is calories and excess calories lead to weight gain which, naturally, increases your blood sugar.
According to the Mediterranean Diet, a glass of red wine with dinner is perfectly acceptable and may even provide heart healthy benefits. For people with Type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, a glass of red wine or other alcoholic beverage is not completely off limits.
I have type 2 diabetes, can I still drink alcohol?
Personally, I tell my patients “If you do drink, drink in moderation and if you don’t drink – don’t start!” Moderation is considered 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women. One alcoholic beverage is as follows: 12oz beer, 5oz wine, 1.5oz liquor.
As I mentioned before, alcohol = calories. Choose wisely.
12 oz Coors light = 102 calories (5 grams of carb)
5 oz wine = 121 calories (average 4 grams of carbs for red and white wine)
1.5 oz vodka = 96 calories (0 grams of carb)
4 oz cosmopolitan = 215 calories (13 grams of carb)
8 oz margarita = 375 calories (average 18 grams carb)
8 oz white rum and diet coke = 105 calories (0 grams carb)
It’s important to note that while I would not have any major concerns if you wanted to add a glass of wine or beer with dinner, wine itself can impact people’s blood sugar. Drinking alcohol along with food is a better idea than drinking alcohol alone.