Scientists have just found a fascinating link between moderate alcohol consumption and diabetes that could lead to new ways to approach the disease.
An astonishing new report published by scientists from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark claims that moderate drinking may actually help you if you have diabetes. The study found that people who drink three or four times per week were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink.
Of all the alcohol types, wine appears to be the most beneficial. The findings were based on a survey of 70,000 people and their alcohol intake. However, the findings shouldn’t indicate that it’s a good idea to go ahead and start boozing it up.
After all, excessive drinking leads to other major problems, like cancers, heart disease, and live disease. Still, it’s an encouraging sign to those who do drink moderately, and an interesting lead into understanding diabetes better.
“Frequent alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to a new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), with alcohol consumption over 3-4 week days giving the lowest risks of diabetes,” the statement from Diabetologia reads. “Previous studies have consistently suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption – in terms of amount consumed – is associated with a lower risk of diabetes compared with abstention in men and women, whilst heavy consumption is associated with a risk greater than or equal to that of abstainers. However previous studies examining the role of drinking patterns (number of days drinking per week rather than volume) in relation to diabetes risk have given inconsistent findings, and studies on the effects of particular types of beverage are likewise inconclusive.”