According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and higher levels of glucose in a person’s blood and urine. There are 2 main types of diabetes, with Type 1 involving the way that the body processes blood sugar, and Type 2 involving little to no production of insulin in the pancreas. There are many symptoms associated with diabetes, including: frequent thirst and urination, weight loss, increased hunger, blurry vision, irritability, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, wounds that won’t heal, and more. However, it is possible for a person with diabetes to not even know they have the disease until months or years later.
The Washington Post states that one in eight American adults have alcoholism – which can directly affect a person’s blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is particularly at risk, as excessive drinking may cause inflammation of the pancreas – making it more difficult to produce the insulin that it needs to level out blood sugar levels. A 2015 study conducted by researchers from Spain sought to analyze both alcoholism and diabetes and found that alcohol disrupts insulin-receptor communication by causing inflammation in the hypothalamus – an area of the brain that controls metabolism, body temperature, thirst, hunger, and more. Author Claudia Lindtner, an Associate Researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine stated on Medical News Today,
“Previously, it was unclear whether binge drinking was associated with an increased risk for diabetes, since a person who binge drinks may also tend to binge eat, or at least eat too much. Our data shows for the first time that binge drinking induces insulin resistance directly…”.
So, how much is too much? Moderate alcohol use is considered as one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. If you or a loved one are drinking considerably more than this each day, this could be a sign of alcoholism. Other signs associated with this are blackouts, choosing to drink over other responsibilities, changing social circles, drinking alone or in secrecy, making excuses to miss events so that one can drink, and more. If you or a loved one can relate to these symptoms, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about what treatment programs might be right for you. It’s never too late.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.