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One of the challenges of being a Belgian and Ale drinker who also has diabetes is that most of the great tasting brews have a lot of carbohydrates and some have a lot of alcohol. Alcohol presents an interesting problem. The carbohydrates raise blood sugars ( within minutes ) but the alcohol lowers blood sugar hours later. For someone on insulin this present a challenge of how much insulin to take to control the blood sugars. I have tried a few low carbohydrates brews but ... they leave much to be desired. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Comment by Kimberly on December 30, 2008 at 11:37am
Sam Adams light is the best tasting low-carb beer I've found yet. It's about 9 grams. I have decided to forget trying to do low-carb beer (b/c I love the super-high carb ones) and just make sure I bolus appropriately. I also cut my basal overnight - usually I just cut out the extra I use for dawn phenomenon but sometimes I'll cut it down to 75%. I have no suggestions if you're not on a pump, though.
Comment by dino on December 30, 2008 at 2:05pm
I say experiment with different brews and insulin amounts and find the balance. It's worth it. I mean come on...Chimay or Michelob Ultra? ....Duvel or Coors Light?...its like comparing leather boots to flip flops.

I live in San Diego, arguably the finest micro brew beer town in the US. Double IPAs are my favorite. I am a beer lover and a bit of a beer snob. I have gotten a lot better at guessing how much insulin to take for certain beers, but I still mess up sometimes. Oh well...the beer in me usually makes it easy to forgive myself. Just take a bolus shot, check often, and keep the glucose tabs handy.

If I am held down against my will and forced to drink a Bud Light, I find that it does little to my blood sugar...and even less on my taste buds. Sam Adams and Amstel Light are tastier options.

BTW - if you like Belgian I recommend Trader Joe's 2008 Vintage Ale...not a true Belgian but a fine effort and a reasonably priced holiday ale. CHEERS:)
Comment by Manny Hernandez on December 31, 2008 at 10:04am
Indeed Bud Light has very little carbs... and also very little taste! :)

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