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Question: Alcohol lowering blood sugar


 un4td - Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:28 am

I am aware that this happens, but for how long does it happen, and do you know if blood sugar stays low after alcohol's effects have worn off?

Thanks.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:30 pm

User avatar Hello,As to how alcohol induces hypoglycemia has been remained a mystery until recently.Now it is believed that alcohol diverts the blood supply(Micro circulation) from the exocrine to the endocrine insulin producing part of pancreas thus increasing the insulin production in a spike leading to hypoglycemia.Binge drinking especially can precipitate a hypoglycemia.Empty stomach would favour absorbtion and thus hypoglycemia.Food would retard the same.Presumably higher levels of alcohol levels in blood would determine the time and extent of fall of blood sugar.
Best wishes.

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