Drinking Three to Four Times a Week May Lower Diabetes Risk

Posted July 29, 2017

The study doesn't distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and the researchers have not found a clear link between binge drinking and diabetes, but the researchers admit that only a small number of participants reported binge drinking.

Compared with current alcohol consumers consuming 1 day/week, consumption of alcohol on 3-4 days weekly was associated with significantly lower risk for diabetes in men (HR 0.73 [95% CI 0.59, 0.94]) and women (HR 0.68 [95% CI 0.53, 0.88]) after adjusting for confounders and average weekly alcohol amount.

The most beneficial drink is wine, probably because it contains chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance.

One to six beers per week reduced diabetes risk by 21 per cent in men but had no effect on women.

Scientists studied data on 70,551 men and women taking part in a large Danish health survey who were quizzed about their drinking habits and monitored for five years. EH Serné of VU University Medical Center Amsterdam said "moderate consumption of red wine has been shown to be related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (and cardiovascular disease)" in other population studies, as well. They were followed up for an average of 4.9 years. "However, I do not advise patients to start drinking just to reduce risk of developing diabetes".

Dr Emily Burns, head of research communications at Diabetes UK, said: 'Type 2 diabetes risk is complex.

Men consuming 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43% lower risk of diabetes compared to those who didn't drink at all, and women consuming 9 drinks per week had a 58% lower risk compared to abstainers.

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The professor Janne Tolstrup said that as per their findings they found the alcohol drinking frequency associated with the risk of diabetes. The alcoholic beverage not only acts as a stress reliever, it can also protect us from diabetes.

"Binge drinkers can also develop unpleasant short-term effects, such as sweating, shaking, bad skin, diarrhoea, blackouts and problems sleeping". People who have diabetes either don't make enough insulin or don't use it effectively.

"Alcohol is associated with 50 different conditions, so we're not saying "go ahead and drink alcohol"," the health expert added.

As for spirits, the researchers found no association with diabetes risk in men-but women who had at least seven hard-liquor drinks per week had an 83% increased risk of diabetes compared to those who had less than one.

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. Now a new study suggests it could help us avoid having high blood sugar and the ensuing health risks.

Next to wine, beer also had a positive effect on lowering diabetes risk. The impact of the regular alcohol consumption regarding the Type 2 risk will differ from person to person.