Many stop drinking following diabetes diagnosis

Drinking alcohol in excess can have particularly damaging consequences for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, a new study has found that following diagnosis, a surprising number of individuals quit drinking for good.

Alcohol is processed by the body in a similar way to fat. Additionally, it is packed with calories. All of this can send a diabetic's blood sugar levels through the roof. Individuals whose diabetes symptoms are poorly controlled may experience serious consequences, and doctors often recommend that their patients give up drinking altogether.

According to the Australian National Drug Household survey, many patients are heeding their doctor's advice. The investigation team found that individuals are significantly more likely to give up drinking after they were diagnosed with diabetes. Additionally, these participants reported tremendous improvement in their perceived overall well-being after abstaining from alcohol.

The author's noted that heavy lifelong drinking is often associated with an increased chance of early mortality. Getting more people to stop drinking before they have been diagnosed with a life-threatening chronic disease may be a key to further reducing rates of chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes.