Moderate Alcohol Consumption Reduces Diabetes Risk-Experts say
Drinking is always been seen in a negative light particularly in India where it’s a major reason for family destitution and problems like cancer, heart and liver disease.Some of the state government here has been canceling the liquor licenses of private manufacturers and some are restricting its production to curb alcohol addiction problem.
But a new research has found a relationship between alcohol and diabetes which gave some positive reasons to drink in moderate amount especially in country like India where count of diabetes is on a rise
DIABETES & ALCOHOL
But now one can expect some health related benefits from Alcohol as in a Dutch research it been found that those who drink 3-4 times a week has low chance to develop type 2 diabetes as compared to a sober person or who prefers to drink heavily once a week.
Alcoholic drinks contain polyphenol which tends to reduce blood sugar in our body and help up to cut diabetes risk.
Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark studied data on 70,551 men and women who took part in a Danish survey and filled up the questionnaire related to their lifestyle and drinking habits.
Afterward, participants were followed up and 859 men and 887 women group had developed diabetes. The investigation did not distinguish between the two forms of diabetes, type 1 and the much more common type two.
The researchers concluded that drinking moderately three to four times a week reduced a woman’s risk of diabetes by 32% while it lowered a man’s by 27%, compared with people drinking on less than one day a week (an important finding to know alcohol and diabetes effect)
The researchers concluded that drinking moderately three to four times a week reduced a woman’s risk of diabetes by 32% while it lowered a man’s by 27%, compared with people drinking on less than one day a week.
It has been also found that different drinks have different effects on men and women;
For beer, men drinking 1 to 6 beers a week can reduce the risk of diabetes by 21% compared to men drinking 1 beer a week; there is no impact found on women’s risk.
Meanwhile, a high intake of spirits among women seemed to significantly increase their risk of diabetes – but there was no effect in men.
WORD OF CAUTION
It has been also found that those who drink heavily once a week got no benefit in reducing the diabetes risk; hence its essential to understand that drinking in small amount over 4-5 days a week can be helpful to reduce the risk. Hence a better understanding of alcohol and diabetes is essential to leverage the benefit of this research
It’s important that you don’t take this study as an excuse for heavy drinking. In India, I have seen families undergoing serious problems due to their alcohol addict family members; regular scuffles, fights and ultimately destitution takes over them. Excessive drinking also causes serious health problems like cancer, the liver damage that is quite serious.
You can reap the benefit of alcohol but it’s important to understand that it’s a double edge sword which needs to be handled with care
REFUTING THE RESEARCH
There are media houses that are questioning the validity of the report; They believe that the research used faulty methodology and the conclusion derived between alcohol and diabetes may not be accurate
You can read their point of view by clicking the link
Also, there are other researches going on based on diabetes; you can read them here: