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Reduced Risk of Diabetes in Moderate Alcohol Consumers

In a study posted in Diabetes Care, an online journal of the American Diabetes Association, researchers found that moderate alcohol consumers have a 30% reduced risk from type 2 diabetes. Moderate alcohol consumers are those who consume between half a drink to 4 drinks per day. The 15 original studies totaled 11,959 incident cases of type 2 diabetes in 369,862 individuals who, on average, were followed for 12 years. The objective of the analysis was to gain insight into to the shape and strength of the relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes.

A possible explanation for this effect is that alcohol has beneficial effects on insulin and triglycerides concentrations, according to a study done on a random sample of women without diabetes. Another explanation could be that alcohol’s anti-inflammatory effects might play a part in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes.

Alcohol consumption is an important lifestyle factor that affects many people in the diabetic community.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 3-8-2013, 2:00 PM

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