Drinking Some Type Of Alcohol Could ‘Significantly Protect Against Diabetes’
Consuming it three or four days per week resulted in a reduced risk of 27% in men and 32% in women, compared with abstaining.
However drinking spirits like gin and vodka increased the risk among women.
The new study looked at data on 70,551 men and women, who were quizzed about their drinking habits and monitored for five years. It found:
:: Men who drank 14 alcoholic drinks per week were 43% less likely to develop diabetes than those who didn’t drink at all.
:: Women who consumed nine drinks per week were 58% less likely to develop diabetes than non-drinkers.
:: Wine had the most beneficial effect. For both men and women, seven or more glasses of wine per week lowered the risk of diabetes by 25-30% compared with having less than one glass of wine. Researchers believe this is because it contains chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance.
:: One to six beers per week reduced diabetes risk by 21% in men but had no
effect on women.
:: Gin and other spirits didn’t have a positive effect, in fact a daily tipple increased diabetes risk in women by 83%.
Writing in the journal Diabetologi, the authors, led by Professor Janne Tolstrup from the University of Southern Denmark, said: “Our findings suggests that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with the risk of diabetes and that consumption of alcohol over three to four weekdays is associated with the lowest risks of diabetes, even after taking average weekly consumption into account.”