From Petersburg, West Virginia, USA:
My grandmother has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I am not certain if it's type 1 or 2, but I know she takes oral medicine. Is it okay for her to consume alcohol sugar? She also has high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Oral diabetes medicine is only useful for people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 have to take insulin. As far as products containing sugar alcohol, such as mannitol and sorbitol, it is fine in moderation since sugar alcohols take longer to break down into sugar in the blood. You need to look at the portion size and the number of grams of carbohydrate and include it in your total carbohydrate allowance for that meal. Eating too much sugar alcohol can also lead to abdominal discomfort and even diarrhea.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:00
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.