The luck of the Irish was celebrated yesterday at the annual Greater New Haven, CT St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the time of year when wearing green, corned beef and cabbage, and blarney of all sorts is part of the festivities. Partaking in a green beer or two may be part of your day. Drinking alcohol in moderation can be an enjoyable part of life, but did you know that if you are a diabetic, a seemingly harmless Guinness or hard cider can be detrimental to your foot health?
This may not make sense unless you understand one of the major functions of the liver—regulation of the sugars in your blood. When you drink alcohol, the liver redirects its focus to metabolizing the alcohol instead of controlling blood sugar. For a person who is dependent on insulin, the result can be a sharp drop in these levels, which is very dangerous. But, how are the feet affected?
Diabetes, especially if not closely monitored, can be devastating to the feet. In fact, there are over 80,000 amputations per year related to this disease, and many of these could be prevented by efforts to manage the illness, proper foot care, and regular foot exams.
When you head out tomorrow, have fun and be safe. If you are diabetic, consult your doctor before choosing to have a drink, and be aware of the complications that it may cause. You should be prepared for changes in blood sugar levels, and careful monitoring is always advised. If you do have a drink, eat first which will help to absorb the alcohol. Drinking too much isn’t good for anyone’s body, and especially if you already have health concerns.
Do you have diabetic foot concerns, or are your feet causing you pain and discomfort? Don’t let your feet keep you from enjoying life’s celebrations. Call the office of Dr. Sanjay Patel today to make an appointment. Call the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736. You can also schedule online.