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Mon Jan 25 13:11:59 EST 2010

I have Type 2, and I am going to Jamaica for 2 weeks. Regardless of the buffets, what about drinking?
Asked By: martinm017  

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I take Gliclazide MR120mg and 1 Avandamet (4/1000mg?) and Crestor 10mg every am, and 1 Avandamet at Dinner. I will struggle enough at the buffets, but as for drinking at the pool bar all day, I presume Vodka and OJ is the only choice for being out in the sun and being active all day long?
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2010-01-26 22:40:40.0

Thanks for writing dLife. Your trip sounds wonderful and your question is very good. I would highly suggest that you discuss your medication regimen with both your physician and pharmacist to review the effects of alcohol on not only your diabetes control, but blood pressure and lipid management as well, since alcohol intake can also impact this. Being active and in the sun all day can mean that you need to pay good attention to your hydration status- specifically water intake. This is especially important in a hot and humid environment. Alcohol, as long as approved by your physician/pharmacist, can affect blood glucose in different ways. It can lower blood sugar levels and put you at risk of hypoglycemia, so be sure to have food if you choose to drink. Also, alcohol is an appetite stimulant and does have significant amounts of calories so it can also contribute to weight gain. Consider staying with a routine of regular eating, limiting your alcohol per your physician recommendations, and stay well hydrated with plenty of water and non- caloric fluids. And have a wonderful time!
Answered By: Janice Baker
Accreditations: B.Sc., MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM
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2010-01-26 22:52:22.0

Thank you for this....I plan on having drinks that are mixed with a natural fruit juice, in order to maintain a balance. Alternating bottles of water will now be added to the mix. The fruit juices, I presume, will stave off lows accordingly.
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