Diabetes Risk and Moderate Drinking
Researchers also looked at what people were drinking.
Men and women who had seven or more glasses of wine per week had a 25-30 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with people who had less than one drink per week, according to a press release .
This fits with an earlier meta-analysis of 13 studies that found that moderate wine drinkers had a 20 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with abstainers or light drinkers.
The researchers suggest that natural phytochemical compounds found in red wine may have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels.
Men who drank between one and six beers each week had a 21 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with men who drank less than one beer each week. Researchers found no link between beer drinking and diabetes risk in women.
In women, drinking seven or more drinks of liquor each week increased their risk of diabetes by 83 percent, compared with women who drank less than one each week. There was no link between mens liquor consumption and their diabetes risk.
A relatively small number of people in the study, though, reported heavy consumption of spirits.
Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical, and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association, cautioned that given the observational nature of the data, its difficult to draw firm conclusions about any real difference between men and women in the effect of spirit consumption.
Cefalu told Healthline that one of the strengths of the study was the large number of people surveyed.
But he said the study had certain limitations, including a small number of peopl Continue reading