A drink most days keeps diabetes away

29 July, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Courtesy The Beer Institute

In terms of weekly alcohol amount, the lowest risk of developing diabetes being found in individuals consuming moderate amounts of alcohol.

Scientists say men and women who drink alcohol three to four times a week are less likely to develop diabetes compared to those who never drink - but not when it comes to spirits.

Wine was shown to be potentially beneficial to some degree, and a number of prior studies linking periodic red wine consumption to improved blood glucose control.

Danish experts surveyed 76,484 people - 28,704 men and 41,847 women - as part of the Danish Health Examination Survey 2007-2008, which collected data about consumers' alcohol intake, including the quantity and frequency of their drinking.

Although, the ill-effects of alcohol far outweigh the positives, a study carried out by Danish researchers has said that moderate consumption of alcohol poses a lower risk of developing diabetes in comparison with people who don't drink at all. Compared to people drinking less than one day each week, men who drink frequently had a 27% lower risk while women had a 32% lower risk, the researchers said.

During the follow up, 859 men and 887 women had developed diabetes.

Researchers concluded that the frequent consumption of alcohol was associated with the lowest risk of diabetes.

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Men consuming 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43 per cent lower risk of diabetes relative to no alcohol intake, and women consuming nine drinks per week had a 58 per cent lower risk compared with women who did not drink at all. Meanwhile, there was no relationship between binge drinking and diabetes risk. However, there are no studies that have actually looked at the drinking patterns and frequency and diabetes.

The study also found that drinking moderately a few times a week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disorders, such as heart attacks and strokes. Among alcohol drinkers, the median weekly alcohol amount was eight drinks for men and four drinks for women, according to researchers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excess alcohol consumption contributes to almost 90,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Binge drinking is associated with liver, kidney and cardiovascular diseases.

"Alcohol has been suggested to increase insulin sensitivity and lower fasting insulin resistance, which might play an important role in the progression of diabetes", Tolstrup said.

Crunching the numbers for wine drinkers, the team found that moderate to high wine drinking was associated with a lower risk of diabetes.

The frequency of consumption of wine, beer, and spirits was assessed as less than one drink per week, 1-6 drinks per week and 7 or more drinks per week for women and 7-13 and 14 or more drinks per week for men. With 70% of all alcohol drunk by women being wine, the beer results for women are also "unsure". "Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health".

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