Can frequent, moderate drinking ward off diabetes?

Can frequent, moderate drinking ward off diabetes?

While the study suggests a link between alcohol and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, the study can not determine that alcohol causes these protective effects.

According to the new study, alcohol will cure diabetes if the infected people drink it three to four times per week.

Wine was the drink found to be most effective at reducing the risk, with scientists arguing that this was because of its chemical compounds, which help to improve blood sugar balance.

But the researchers said the study's findings should not encourage alcohol consumers to drink more than what most doctors would encourage: no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, which roughly equates to six pints of beer.

But health experts have warned that while alcohol consumption may be associated with a lower likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, this isn't permission to drink more than recommended levels.

The study examined the habits of 70,551 men and women in Denmark across five years.

Over the course of follow-up, 859 men and 887 women developed type 2 diabetes, for an incidence rate of 619 and 436 per 100,000 person-years, respectively. But the researchers did not distinguish between type 1 diabetes and the more common type 2.

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The study found that the lowest risk of diabetes was observed at 14 drinks per week in men and at nine drinks per week in women, relative to no alcohol intake.

Since an important relationship exists between drinking and diabetes, Professor Janne Tolstrup and her colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark studied the specifics. "For this reason, we can not say with certainty that alcohol has a protective effect".

The timing of those drinks also mattered.

But when it comes to spirits, the study showed women who drank seven or more drinks of spirits per week increased their risk of diabetes by 83%, compared to women who consumed less than one spirits-based drink each week. However, there are no studies that have actually looked at the drinking patterns and frequency and diabetes. The impact of the regular alcohol consumption regarding the Type 2 risk will differ from person to person.

Moderate consumption of beer was also linked to lower diabetes risk for men in the study, but not for women. In other words, the presence of polyphenols in the body will influence the effect foods have on blood sugar levels during and after consumption.

The study however says that certain types of alcohol had more effect than others.

"We can see it's a better effect to drink the alcohol in four portions rather than all at once". "Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health". "Drinking frequency was important, as those who were drinking three to four times per week had lower risk as compared to those drinking only once per week - regardless of the total weekly amount".

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