Can Alcohol Cause Diabetes?

Diabetes is one of the most common illnesses in America, and although it can be managed, it can also be life-threatening if it is too severe or left untreated.  Having diabetes means that your body is either not making enough insulin, or not using the insulin you produce the right way. Type 2 diabetes accounts for most cases of diabetes in the U.S., and healthy lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your risk of developing it.  One factor in determining your risk of type 2 diabetes is sugar intake, and for many people with alcohol use disorder, this means taking a serious look at the amount of sugar found in alcohol.

Alcohol contains more sugar than you may realize.  For example, one pint of alcoholic cider contains 36 grams of sugar, or the equivalent of nine sugar cubes.  We are largely unaware of the sugar content of our drinks because alcohol manufacturers are not required to print nutrition labels for their products.  In addition, we are not likely to think about the sweet additives that go into a cocktail we order at the bar. Consuming alcohol also means taking in unnecessary carbohydrates and empty calories, both of which can be detrimental to weight-loss and your overall health.   

While alcohol use on its own has not been shown to directly cause diabetes, it has been linked to many other risk factors.  People who abuse alcohol are more likely to become obese, to be less physically active, and to develop cravings for processed or sugary foods.  In addition to raising your blood sugar to an unhealthy level on its own, alcohol use can lead to a variety of behaviors that increase your risk.  If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and you believe you may be addicted to alcohol, it is important to seek treatment for your addiction as soon as possible to avoid the potentially life-threatening consequences of alcohol abuse as a diabetic.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.