Throughout the holidays you may find yourself at family parties and gatherings. Plan in advance for how you will handle making changes if your meal does not line up with your regular meal schedule. If you take insulin or a pill that lowers blood sugar, you may need to have a snack at your regular mealtime to prevent a low blood sugar reaction.

Drink in Moderation

Most people with diabetes can enjoy some alcohol. Guidelines are the same as for everyone else: one drink per day for women; two for men. Be aware alcohol affects your blood sugar. A sugary drink might spike your blood sugar or if you drink on an empty stomach or take certain meds, your levels could go too low.

The 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans define moderate alcohol intake as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men.

Here’s what one standard drink looks like:
12 fluid ounces (360 mL) of regular beer (5% alcohol)
5 fluid ounces (150 mL) of wine (12% alcohol)
1.5 fluid ounces (45 mL) of 80 proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol)

Stay Safe While Enjoying Some Holiday Cheer

  • Be aware of your medications side effects.
  • Bring a buddy.
  • Avoid sugary alcohol beverages.
  • Wear or carry medical identification.
  • Eat when you drink. It’s a good idea to include some protein and fat in your snack or meal to help sustain your blood glucose level.
  • Know your glucose level.
  • Be careful mixing exercise and alcohol.
  • Stop and treat hypoglycemia.
  • Stay safe.

Speak to your diabetes care provider before the holidays so you can best plan for how to handle mealtime changes throughout the holiday season.

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