Chronic Kidney Disease: Can I Drink Alcohol in Summer

ImageHere comes Summer, which to many means the beach, the pool, barbecues, and of course alcohol, LOTS of alcohol. Alcohol is part of our lives, directly or indirectly. Some people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) love to drink, and some love to drink a lot for many reasons, to relax, to get high, to have fun, and sometimes all three.

For those with diabetes and chronic kidney disease alcohol may be safe to drink if you have your blood sugar level under control. Alcohol on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to drop in those with diabetes. Additional ingredients in mixed drinks may add carbohydrate that must be considered. You will also have to fit alcohol into your meal plan.

Alcohol has no nutritional benefit, but it does have calories. And calories from alcoholic beverages add up quickly.

Some medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, may interact with alcohol. This interaction may cause the medicines not to work properly. There are other medicines that may cause your blood alcohol level to rise. Check drug labels and ask your pharmacist or doctor to review your medications to make sure alcohol will not be harmful with your medication.

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