Diabetes prevention - Light drinkers can benefit from half a glass more


In a prospective study in 1990, researchers at the Harvard-University examined 38,031 men free of diabetes or cancer from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The consumption of alcoholic beverages was reported at baseline and updated every four years

When initial non-drinkers and drinkers consuming <15 g/day consumed half a glass more a day of an alcoholic beverage (7.5 g) during the four-year time interval, a significantly reduced diabetes risk was observed. Similarly, light drinkers who increased their intake to moderate levels (5.0-29.9 g/day), significantly lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25 % compared to stable light drinkers (0-4.9 g/day). The authors concluded that small increases in alcohol consumption over time among initial rare and light drinkers are associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This lower risk was evident within a four-year period following increased alcohol intake. Individuals who already drink moderately may not further benefit from an increased intake.



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