Study Suggests Risk Of Developing Diabetes Could Be Reduced By Regular Drinking

A person’s chances of developing diabetes could be significantly get reduced of that person consumes alcohol three to four times per week, claimed a new study.

While issuing warning that clear spirits, such as gin and vodka, could substantially increase a woman’s chances of succumbing to the condition, the researchers in the study have identified wine to be the most beneficial for health purposes which is followed by beer.

However, the study should not be taken as a “green light” for excessive drinking and the health impacts of alcohol consumption can vary from person to person, argued experts.

More than 70,000 Danish participants were surveyed on their drinking habits over the course of five years for the new research which was published in European medical journal Diabetologia.

Those people in the study who drank frequently emerged as the least at risk from either type 1 or type 2 of the 859 men and 887 women who developed diabetes over this period.

14 drinks per week in men and nine drinks per week in women was the limit that the study to exhibit the lowest risk of diabetes.

“Our findings suggest that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with the risk of diabetes and that consumption of alcohol over three to four weekdays is associated with the lowest risks of diabetes, even after taking average weekly alcohol consumption into account,” Professor Janne Tolstrup from the University of Southern Denmark noted in the report.

Compared with those who drink less than once a week, moderate but regular drinking could reduce a woman’s risk of diabetes by 32 percent and a man’s risk by 27 percent, the researchers concluded.

Wine was seen as reducing the risk by more than 25 percent and beer by 21 percent for both men and women. On the other hand, women’s risks of developing diabetes were thought to be increased by 83 percent by the consumption of clear spirits.

But strict caution has been sounded over the study findings by health experts. The report people should not be seen as an incentive to drink, warned Diabetes UK, the British charity dedicated to supporting people suffering from the condition.

“Type 2 diabetes risk is complex. Several factors contribute to it, including family history, ethnic background, age and being overweight,” Dr Emily Burns, head of Research Communications at Diabetes UK, said on Friday.

“While these findings are interesting, we wouldn’t recommend people see them as a green light to drink in excess of the existing NHS guidelines. Especially as the impact of regular alcohol consumption on the risk of Type 2 will be different from one person to the next.”

(Adapted from CNBC)

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