Want to avoid diabetes? Drink alcohol!
Rediff.com Getahead Want to avoid diabetes? Drink alcohol!
It's not every day that medical studies say alcohol could be good for you but according to a recent study, drinking alcohol can significantly protect against diabetes.
Frequent alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of diabetes in both men and women, according to the study; alcohol consumption over three or four days a week gives the lowest risk of diabetes.
Previous studies have consistently suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption -- in terms of amount consumed -- is associated with a lower risk of diabetes compared with abstention in men and women, whilst heavy consumption is associated with a risk greater than or equal to that of abstainers. However previous studies examining the role of drinking patterns (number of days drinking per week rather than volume) in relation to diabetes risk have given inconsistent findings, and studies on the effects of particular types of beverage are likewise inconclusive.
The present study, by Professor Janne Tolstrup and colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark, examined the effects of drinking frequency on diabetes risk, and also considered association with specific beverage types.
The study used data from the Danish Health Examination Survey (DAHNES) from 2007-2008, in which Danish citizens aged 18 and over completed a self-reporting questionnaire, including items on lifestyle and health.Those who already had diagnosed diabetes were excluded, as were women who were pregnant or had recently Continue reading