Wine Anyone?


I am pretty excited to see this even though my vials of insulin say right on them “Do not take this medication with alcohol”. Recent studies have shown a chemical found in the skins of red grapes and in red wine — can improve the sensitivity of mice to the hormone insulin, according to a report in the October issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication.

I personally would like to know how many glasses of wine these mice are drinking and at what rate will I become more sensitive to the insulin I am taking. I have passed out once in my entire life due to low blood sugar and it was supposedly from the wine I had the night before so I must share this story with all of you. Its quite funny actually! I was working at an Italian restaurant in my early 20’s and after a long night of work I decided to have a glass of red wine at the bar with some co-workers. That glass of red wine turned into about 2 or 3 and then I ended up heading home knowing I had to be back at work for a large event with about 60 guests the next morning. I was one of two people working the event and I had to get a good night of sleep to be on top of things. I went home, went to bed, woke up later than expected and grabbed a granola bar on my way out of the door. I arrived at work, checked my sugar after the granola bar and it was about 165. I took about 3 units and ran into work to start getting ready for the party that was starting in a couple hours. After running up and down the stairs about 40 times with glasses, plates, silverware, and table cloths, I started feeling a little weird and found myself standing in the back of the kitchen fairly close to the line where the chefs cook. Whatever happened after that is still a blur, I re-gained consciousness outside when one of the chefs was shaking me. They were able to give me some orange juice (luckily the knew what was going on and knew how to react) and then I was fine in about 10-15 minutes. At about this time the ambulance arrived because one of my managers thought I was having a heart attack and called the paramedics. The paramedic I spoke with wanted to find out what happened and why it was so sudden. After telling him my story of the last 24 hours he said that alcohol actually lowers blood sugar levels on an empty stomach and to ALWAYS make sure I had some thing in my stomach if I am having a few drinks. Now this could be exactly as described above where the red wine I had the night before was just making my body a little more sensitive to the insulin I took that night and the next morning after the granola bar… I have no idea. I am not sure how long after your body is “extra sensitive” to insulin. One thing I must add to this story is; as I was sitting in a chair regaining myself after the orange juice, I noticed my pant leg was soaked. I asked one of the chefs what the heck was on me and he said ” Oh, there was a huge container filled with scrambled eggs for brunch and you decided to grab onto that as you fell” Needless to say the chefs were not only freaked out but they had to “86” the scrambled eggs for the rest of the day!

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