Drinking Alcohol Regularly Could Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

People who drink moderately will be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who do not drink at all, a Danish study concludes.

The study was done over a five-year period and with 70,000 people as respondents. Consuming alcohol three to four times a week would therefore be more beneficial than not consuming at all. The risk reduction would be 32% in women and 27% in men, the wine would be the most beneficial alcohol to consume.

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

“For type 2 diabetes, the data are very clear. It is the first chronic disease that is developed because of the obesity epidemic. It is estimated that 90% of type 2 cases could be eradicated if people lost weight, ” said biochemistry doctor Richard Béliveau.

In the case of a man drinking six or fewer beers a week, he would see his risk of developing type 2 diabetes decline by 21%. While in women, whether they consume wine or beer, there would be no difference.

However, we must be careful since it is indicated in the study that we should not drink more than 14 drinks per week, according to their data.

“What is clear is that when you drink excessively, there is no benefit. However, when you drink moderately, there are certain benefits for some people and from a certain age. While not for others, each case is a special case, “concludes Educ’alcool general manager Hubert Sacy.