Moderate alcohol consumption may reduce diabetes risk

The findings of a recent study conducted by researchers at Boston University Medical Center indicate that moderate alcohol consumption may significantly reduce an individual's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The findings may be somewhat counterintuitive. Any degree of alcohol consumption can be extremely dangerous for a diabetic whose condition is not well controlled. Doctors often recommend that these individuals give up drinking altogether.

However, after examining the medical records and drinking habits of more than 6,000 subjects between the ages of 35 and 75 in Switzerland, researchers found that individuals who consumed anywhere from 1 to 34 drinks per week were almost half as likely to develop diabetes as individuals who never drank or those who consumed more than 35 drinks.



Additionally, moderate drinkers had the healthiest body weights, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. They were less likely to become insulin resistant or develop metabolic syndrome.



The researchers pointed at that because their study assessed a number of factors, it could not point to a definitive causal relationship. However, the findings do support the notion that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
 
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