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New Study Shows Alcohol Lowers Risk Of Diabetes

New Study Shows Alcohol Lowers Risk Of Diabetes
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A new study from the National Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark in Copenhagen reports that alcohol, when consumed responsibly, may be related to a lower risk for diabetes.

The study was published in Diabetologia and examines the correlation between diabetes risk in Danish men and women and the consumption of alcohol. With her team, Dr. Charlotte Holst used the data from the Danish Health Examination Survey of 2007-2008 to find participants for the study.

Up to 41,847 women and 28,704 men were chosen for the study and were followed by Holst and her team for nearly five years. According to the Clinical Advisor, data was collected from the participants using self-reported questionnaires. Participants recorded their frequency of binge drinking, frequency of alcohol consumption, and what alcohol they consumed: beer, spirits, or wine.

Data was collected from participants on a weekly basis. After the designated years of study were over, a follow-up was conducted on the health of those who participated in the study. Of the 41,847 women who participated, up to 887 had developed diabetes. Of the 28,704 men, 859 developed diabetes.

When compared to the number of drinks consumed per week, it was found that the lowest risk of diabetes was found in the men who drank an average of 14 alcoholic beverages a week. For the women, the lowest risk was found in those who drank an average of nine a week.

“Our findings suggest that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with risk of diabetes,” reports Holst and her team, “and that consumption of alcohol over 3-4 days per week is associated with the lowest risk of diabetes, even after taking average weekly alcohol consumption into account.”

Despite these possible health benefits, alcohol remains the number one problem in substance abuse cases. This is often because children of substance abusers grow up with a greater likelihood of developing an addiction. The child adapts to seeing the drugs and alcohol and therefore sees them as a viable option for stress relief at an early age.

Unlike drugs and opioids, alcohol is legal and can be purchased in stores without a prescription. This, along with ads promoting alcohol as a source of fun and entertainment, often leads to higher risks of alcoholism.

However, as Holst’s study shows, when alcohol is consumed responsibly and in moderation, it can provide a number of health benefits. This includes, surprisingly, reducing the risk of heart disease.