Beer with diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2

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Last reviewed: 30.08.2019

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Beer is one of the most popular drinks in many countries of the world. It is produced on a grain basis without distillation by fermentation, has a pleasant taste, tones well, not too strong, which allows him to slowly drink among friends, stretching pleasure and not getting drunk. But is not diabetes an obstacle to its consumption?

Can I drink beer with type 1 and 2 diabetes?

For a healthy body, beer can be very useful, because it contains a lot of protein, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, ascorbic acid, phenolic and mineral compounds, phytoestrogens, salts of organic acids. [1]

It is proved that moderate consumption of the drink reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure indicators, is the prevention of anemia, the formation of kidney stones, removes "bad" cholesterol, helps cleanse the gastrointestinal tract, fights stress, has diuretic properties, increases the density bone tissue, preventing their fragility, dilutes the blood, preventing the formation of blood clots. [2], [3]

It would seem that all these characteristics are so necessary for a person suffering from diabetes, if not for the high caloric content of the drink and the presence of ethanol in it. In type 1 diabetes, beer is generally not recommended, since alcohol increases glycemic indicators for the next 10 hours.

The second type allows for a limited amount (no more than a cup of 250-300ml per day, 2 times a week), which does not apply to overweight people. At the same time it is necessary to adjust the nutrition, counting the bread units.[4]

Moreover, high alcohol consumption increases the risk of dysregulation of glucose in men and women. [5]

Non-alcoholic beer for diabetes

Non-alcoholic beers do not contain alcohol, so they are more acceptable for diabetes, but you still need to be interested in their composition. There are 2 technologies for its production:

  • suppression of fermentation, in which the strength of the drink is removed, but carbohydrates remain, their glycemic index is quite high;
  • removal of the fortress from the finished drink by filtration; sugar is already fermented, beer does not contain carbohydrates.

Beer, made by the last method, has no limitations in pathology.

Horseradish, garlic with beer for diabetes

In alternative medicine, there are many recipes that use herbal ingredients that lower blood sugar. One of the famous is horseradish root. It is often used by housewives when harvesting vegetables for the winter, as well as a spicy seasoning.

Horseradish is a natural antibiotic; it and its other beneficial qualities are provided by the presence of large amounts of vitamin C, PP, E, folic acid, thiamine, pyrodoxine, riboflavin.

Enrichment with micro and macro elements (sulfur, manganese, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, phosphorus, aluminum, copper), unsaturated fatty acids, mono and disaccharides allow it to improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, normalize blood pressure, regulate sugar in blood serum. [6], [7]

Garlic has no less service record. Phytoncides and allicin, released during the destruction of the wholeness of the cloves, provide an antibacterial effect, the biologically active substance ajoene reduces blood viscosity. In addition, its many useful components do not destroy heat treatment.[8]

And if there are no contraindications to its consumption (gastritis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer), then it is not limited to diabetes.

There is a recipe for a significant reduction in blood glucose levels, connecting these valuable natural gifts.

An average thickness of horseradish root is rubbed, the average length of which is 20 cm, 10 cloves of minced garlic. All this is placed in a liter jar and filled with beer, infused in a warm place for 10 days. The drug is taken before meals, in the first few days by a teaspoon, then in the dining room three times a day.

It is important to know!

Treatment with insulin can have both a permanent lifelong character for patients with type 1 diabetes, and temporary, caused by different situations for patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more..

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