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Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2008 Feb;79(2):183-4. Epub 2007 Sep 25.

The short-term effect of alcoholic beverage-intake on blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetic patients.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Hiroshima Teisin Hospital, Hiroshima 730-8798, Japan.


We examined changes in blood glucose levels within 2h after the respective intake of three kinds of alcoholic beverages in six type 2 diabetic men treated by diet alone. Blood glucose level following beer consumption was 195.0+/-15.8 mg/dl after 60 min and those following sake consumption was 151.2+/-9.0mg/dl after 60 min. There was no significant increase in blood glucose levels after drinking shochu. It should be considered that in diabetic patients, the elevation of blood glucose was induced by the sugar contained in the alcoholic beverages, and the limited intake of alcoholic drinks is required to keep well blood glucose levels.

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