I have diabetes insipidus and I have heard rumors that you can't drink alcohol with DI and honestly I want to be able to drink. Can anyone fill me in with some info on this?
Can I drink alcohol with diabetes insipidus?
Question posted by Scotdog01 on 31 Dec 2015
Last updated on 9 May 2020
I would assume that because alcohol is a diuretic and alcohol causes dehydration that alcohol would only make the condition that much worse. I take several medications which cause dry mouth and I urinate frequently... when I drink... things get much worse.
I’ve been dealing with DI for about 15 years. In my case, my whole pituitary gland had to be removed. Initially, I was doing great. I came back to work 4 weeks after brain surgery (Not advised by my docs but work was another story). I was in my early 30s and we worked hard and played harder. Never had an issue. Drank fairly often for about 5 years after. Fast forward about 7 years and suddenly I was ending up in the hospital due to hypoosmolality . About 4 x a year I was in ICU within an inch of my life . I’m 46 now and the last 4 times I met up with friends, I drank an average of 3 drinks. Within hours I’d develop a migraine that made me wish I’d die, I’d vomit uncontrollably and then I’d be out of commission for days. Not a good look at any age but especially mine. I wanted so badly to believe it’s just a bad hangover but I’ve now come to terms that I just can’t drink socially anymore. It feels too dangerous.
As women, we change as we get older and our hormones and all that evolve and behave differently for a number of factors and mine has evolved to this. So yes, at first, I could party like a rock star (still can but just sober
Be cautious... I have had DI for over 30 years. I drink but, only in very small amounts. The real problem is putting too much liquid into your body and it can cause hyponatremia. Also, alcohol can interact with certain meds.
I realize it's a bit late but I drink with DI, probably your best bet is talking to your doctor if you haven't already
I have been diagnosed with cranial DI, how are you getting on with drinking alcohol. I have the same question as you had back in 2015 but can find much support on the internet about it.
Hello, in response to drinking alcohol with DI i say be very careful. I've had DI for about 1 year now and my Doctors didnt give me any advice on drinking alcohol. I am 21 and a college student so i drank a few ties per week. I found that drinking with DI can be dangerous because desmopressin will lower sodium levels and electrolytes, and so will alcohol. I was hospitalized with hyponatremia that i believe was caused by drinking alcohol regularly.
I hope this message isn't too late to reach you. But my name's Keith, at the age of thirteen I was diagnosed with diabetes insipidus due to a brain tumour. I'm now thrifty seven, married with three children.
I take four puffs of desmopressin twice a day. I wasn't told much about DI at the time. But I drink achohol socially, sometimes on a weekly basis. I can honestly say I haven't had any problems. But as they say keep things in moderation.
I hope this helps, I would also say try not to let DI run your life.
All the best.
Hi, please, please be careful. I have lost a dear friend due to drinking alcohol while being diabetic. It was devastating. A quote that sums up the answer to your question is as follows: "While moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels".
So you must take extra care if you decide that you are going to have a drink, and keep a close check on your blood sugar levels...
Hello Scotdog01. I think 'moderation' is the word here! I am on Insulin and Diabetic tablets - so the most I drink is 3 glasses of Red Wine at any one time. Happy New Year To You. Regards, William.
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