Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe this year is almost over, isn’t it?  In two days, we’ll be saying “goodbye” to 2010 and “hello” to 2011.  However you will be celebrating the coming year, if you plan on including alcohol in the festivities there are a couple things to keep in mind to ensure you ring in the New Year safely.   

As with candy and sweet treats, alcohol is fine in moderation—but it’s still a good idea to check with your health care provider first and follow their advice regarding alcohol consumption.  Because alcohol can cause hypoglycemia, especially when combined with some oral Diabetes medications, make sure your blood sugar is in a safe range before taking your first sip and be sure to test your blood sugar frequently to ensure your levels stay safe.  Also, avoid drinking on an empty stomach—have a healthy meal and/or snack along with your drink. 

Alcoholic drinks can be high in calories and some types of alcohol including beer and some wines contain carbohydrates that can affect your blood sugar (as do many popular mixers: soda, juice, etc).  Make sure you know what you’re drinking and talk with your Diabetes care team about including alcohol in your meal plan.

Above all, we wish you a safe and happy New Year! 

(Information reviewed by MGH Nutrition Department)