Moderate alcohol consumption may protect kidney transplant patients from diabetes

Kidney transplant patients are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol at any point. However, a new study from European researchers has found moderate levels of drinking may actually help these individuals avoid developing type 2 diabetes.

Investigators from the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands studied a group of 600 kidney transplant patients for several years. During this time, participants were asked about their drinking habits.

Researchers found that patients who consumed alcohol in moderation were 67 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the rest of the group. This included individuals who completely abstained from alcohol.

Additionally, moderate drinkers were 44 percent less likely to die during the study period than other participants.

"Quality of life in renal transplant recipients is under pressure by many threats, restrictions and recommendations," said Dorien Zelle, who led the study. "Our results indicate that one of the restraints on quality of life in stable renal transplant recipients may be released. There seems no reason to advise renal transplant recipients to abstain from alcohol post-transplant."
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