Did you know that drinking alcohol has a negative effect on blood sugar (glucose) levels? Learn why and how to easily avoid it.
Leaving aside those scientific studies that speak of the different benefits of drinking alcohol, we should rather pay special attention to the various harmful effects of alcohol on the body, since these negative effects are greater than its supposed beneficial virtues for our body.
Precisely when it comes to its negative health effects, we know that it has effects on the brain, liver, stomach, pancreas, immune system and reproductive system.
Regarding the effects of alcohol on the blood, in addition to causing anemia due to the inhibition of red blood cells and white blood cells, this time we want to analyze the relationship between alcohol and blood sugar level.
As you surely know, both insulin and glucose are two of the main hormones involved in maintaining blood glucose levels.
In this sense, when blood sugar begins to decline, our body responds by making more sugar in the blood, or by burning stored sugar. Then, from the moment your blood sugar rises, additional insulin is secreted to bring your levels back to normal.
However, different studies have shown that alcohol negatively interferes with glucose and the hormones necessary to maintain normal blood glucose levels.
It is known that, over time, when a person consumes alcohol excessively and for a long time, it tends to decrease the effectiveness of insulin, causing high blood sugar levels, and causing glucose intolerance, disease alcoholic liver disease and diabetes.
In addition to what is indicated in the previous lines, we must bear in mind that even if you are not a regular consumer of alcohol, regardless of the frequency of its consumption, it tends to negatively affect blood glucose levels, even if it is only consumed a glass.
Therefore, the recommendation is obvious: replace alcohol with another healthier drink, and always avoid alcohol consumption (especially those drinks with a higher alcoholic strength, without counting the benefits that a glass of red wine or a glass of beer).