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Alcohol & Chronic Conditions

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Alcohol may have a potentially dangerous effect on some people with diabetes and other certain chronic medical conditions.

New medical research shows, that people who have certain chronic medical conditions, such as type 1 diabetes, are even more susceptible than most to the ill effects of alcohol.

According to the American Diabetes Association, alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to drop dangerously low for people on blood sugar-lowering medications for as long as 12 hours after their last drink.

For anyone with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends having a snack at the same time of consuming an alcoholic beverage, and to not have more than one drink a day for women and two a day for men.

But most important, the association says, is to check your blood sugar before going to sleep after drinking alcohol -- striving for a level between 100 and 140 milligrams per deciliter.