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Can I drink alcohol without going into diabetic shock?

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Discuss your use of alcohol with your doctor. Your doctor can help you understand how to drink safely so you don't increase your risk of hypoglycemia and diabetic shock.

SOURCES:

University of Medicine Health System: "Hypoglycemia (Insulin Reaction)."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose)."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Hypoglycemia."

MayoClinic.com: "Diabetic Coma."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 28, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Medicine Health System: "Hypoglycemia (Insulin Reaction)."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose)."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Hypoglycemia."

MayoClinic.com: "Diabetic Coma."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 28, 2018

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