Alcohol has its bad side but moderate drinking three to four times a week may keep diabetes at bay, researchers claim.
According to the Study:
- According to the team from the National Institute of Public Health at University of Southern Denmark.
- Alcohol consumption for three-four times a week is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women.
- The authors wrote in a paper published in the journal Diabetologia.
- Our findings suggest that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with the risk of diabetes.
- In addition,that consumption of alcohol over 3-4 weekdays is associated with the lowest risks of diabetes.
- Even after taking average weekly alcohol consumption into account.
The study, by Professor Janne Tolstrup and colleagues:
- The study, by Professor Janne Tolstrup and colleagues, examined the effects of drinking frequency on diabetes risk.
- In addition,also considered association with specific beverage types.
- The study used data from the Danish Health Examination Survey (DAHNES) from 2007-2008.
- Furthermore, in which Danish citizens aged 18 and over completed a self-reporting questionnaire including items on lifestyle and health.
- Those who already had diagnosed diabetes were excluded.
- As were women who were pregnant or had recently given birth.
According to the Research:
- The study comprised 70,551 participants who had given details of alcohol consumption.
- Consumption of specific beverage types wine, beer and spirits.
- It was coded as less than one drink per week, 1-6 drinks per week.
- In addition, 7 or more drinks per week for women and 7-13 and 14 or more drinks per week for men.
- During follow up, 859 men and 887 women developed diabetes.
- Men consuming 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43 per cent lower risk of diabetes.
- Relative to no alcohol intake, and women consuming 9 drinks per week had a 58 per cent lower risk compared with women who did not drink at all.
- In terms of frequency, the data revealed that consumption of alcohol 3-4 days a week gave the lowest risk of diabetes, a 27 per cent lower risk in men.
- In addition,a 32 per cent lower risk in women when compared to individuals drinking less than one day per week.
- The study found no clear evidence of an association between binge drinking and diabetes risk.
- Furthermore,which, the authors suggest, may be due to low statistical power since few participants reported binge drinking.
- 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.
- Heavy consumption, however, is associated with a risk greater than or equal to that of abstainers.