How will alcohol affect you if you have diabetes?

“Alcohol can interfere with your meal plan and blood glucose control, especially if you’re taking insulin or medication for your diabetes,” says Ms Kala Adaikan, Senior Principal Dietitian, at the Department of Dietetics​, Singapore General Hosp​ital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth​ group.​

If you must drink, limit yourself to:

  1. One drink or one unit of alcohol a day (for women)
  2. Two drinks or two units of alcohol a day (for men)

One unit of alcohol is defined as any drink that provides 10g of alcohol.

This translates to:

  • 100ml of wine,
  • 30ml of spirits (about 1 shot glass) or
  • 220ml of beer (about two-thirds of a can).

If you have sub-obtimally controlled diabetes, try to abstain from alcohol. It is important to note that alcohol consumption can increase your risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels). This is dangerous particularly when coupled with some diabetes medications. Consult your doctor or dietitian before ​consuming alcohol.

Can you have durians if you have diabetes?

Yes, as with all fruits, durians can be consumed if you have diabetes. Two medium seeds is approximately one serving and would provide 15g of carbohydrate. Exercising portion control is essential!

See previous page to find out how to manage your weight and control your blood glucose with nutrition.

​See next page for inf​ormation on controlling blood glucose with exercise​.

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