Beer sometimes helps one think. I think you have a good idea. A group for people with diabetes sort of like AARP consisting only of diabetics, no trade group members, no medical types, no big pharma members. Just a group, a very large group of diabetic whose voice would be heard.
This needs more thought. There's beer in the fridge. The beer fairy must have run. I think I will join you and think about it.
I like beer,
It makes me a jolly good fellow,
I like beer,
It helps me unwind
And sometimes it makes me feel mellow.
Whiskey's too rough,
Champagne costs too much,
And Vodka puts my mouth in gear.
I hope this refrain
Will help me explain
I LIKE BEER!!
--- Tom T. Hall
Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as having said that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Unfortunately, I learned that this was not an accurate attribution. He actually meant this about wine.
So although I love beer and actually used to regularly brew my own, I have switched to red wine. I found that no matter what I did, drinking beer raised my blood sugar and the ones that didn't like Ultra were not worth drinking. Red wine on the other hand achieves a perfect balance, the alcohol drops my blood sugar and the residual sugar usually offsets the drop. I don't have to bolus for red wine.
If you can drink beer, then please enjoy it. I always did and on occaison will still have one, but I can't drink it like I could when I was young.
The ADA puts the cost at $218 billion last year (link) but a lot of the $$$ is sort of "hidden" by insurance companies in that many of us don't go "shopping" for supplies because we are tied to employer-based health plans and have to do their song and dance for every test strip, syringe, slug of insulin, etc. Since we're not buying direct, it would likely be very difficult to work out a "diabetes union" but you never know...
I love a good beer myself. Unfortunatley it messes with my BG so I have to drink the hard stuff. It doesn't seem to mess with me as bad.
I like beer and wine! They also like me. They seem to strongly damp blood sugar rises for me. I can eat things when drinking without going high, that I cannot dream of eating when not combined with alcohol. For fear of turning into an alcoholic I am trying not to rely on this mechanism too often.
An ice cold beer on a hot day is my idea of heaven. A glass of excellent wine in good company my favorite form of socialising.
Am at the airport lounge waiting to board a flight now and enjoying a San Miguel Pale Pilsen. One of the great contributions of Philippines to the world.