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Moderate alcohol consumption cuts diabetes risk: study

Men consuming 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43 per cent lower risk of diabetes

Press Trust of India  |  London 

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Drinking for over three to four days every week may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, a study has claimed. Previous studies have consistently suggested that light to moderate consumption is associated with a lower risk of 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 in relation to risk have given inconsistent findings, and studies on the effects of particular types of beverage are likewise inconclusive. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark examined the effects of drinking frequency on risk, and also considered association with specific beverage types. They used data from about 70,551 Danish citizens aged 18 and over completed a self-reporting questionnaire including items on lifestyle and Follow up information, continued until 2012 also was gathered.

During follow up, 859 men and 887 women developed Scientists found that people consuming moderate amounts of were at the lowest risk of developing Men consuming 14 drinks per week were found to have a 43 per cent lower risk of relative to no intake, and women consuming nine 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 3-4 days a week gave the lowest risk of - a 27 per cent lower risk in men and a 32 per cent lower risk in women - when compared to individuals drinking less than one day per week. Regarding beverage type, moderate to high intake of wine was associated with a lower risk of diabetes, in line with previous studies. Researchers suggest that this might be due to a beneficial effect that polyphenols in wine have on management of blood sugar, giving red wine in particular a potential protective impact. Men and women who consumed seven or more drinks of wine per week had a 25-30 per cent lower risk of compared with those having less than 1 drink of wine per week. Consuming between one and six beers per week gave a 21 per cent lower risk of in men compared with men drinking less than one beer per week, while beer was not associated with risk in women. "Our findings suggest that drinking frequency is associated with the risk of and that consumption of over 3-4 weekdays is associated with the lowest risks of diabetes, even after taking average weekly consumption into account," researchers said.

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First Published: Sat, July 29 2017. 23:43 IST