Drinking alcohol 4 times a week might lessen the risk of diabetes

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They said wine had the most substantial effect-probably because it contains chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance. For women, very infrequent drinking (less than one day a week) was also associated with slightly lower diabetes rates, compared to being a lifetime abstainer.

'When it comes to diabetes, similarly to findings from studies on alcohol and coronary heart disease, it seems better to spread out the alcohol intake on more days as compared to taking the same total weekly amount in a single setting'.

Scientists found that people consuming moderate amounts of alcohol were at the lowest risk of developing diabetes.

Previous studies had already suggested that light to moderate alcohol consumption can cut the risk of diabetes, but the new research is the first to focus on drinking frequency.

Good news, wine and beer lovers: A new study finds that "moderate but regular" alcohol consumption appears to be linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes.

They found almost 859 men and 887 women who are facing the problems regarding diabetes. These people were followed through 2012, with an average follow-up of about five years.

The investigation did not distinguish between the two forms of diabetes, Type 1 and the much more common Type 2.

However, women should steer clear of the gin because this botanical spirit increases ladies chance of getting diabetes by 83%.

Incredibly, a recent study by Cancer Research UK found nine in 10 people were totally unaware that alcohol increased their cancer risk. "Therefore the relationship between red wine and health can be explained by a healthier life style of people who drink in a disciplined manner, by unhealthy effects of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda or juices, or both".

The AIP has also come out against measures like minimum pricing, suggesting instead that the sector should "target local interventions" that change the behaviour of the minority rather than punishing the responsible majority.

The study carried out by Tolstrup and four colleagues examined links between alcohol consumption patterns and the incidence of diabetes in more than 70,000 Danish men and women.

The patterns noted included frequency of alcohol intake, frequency of binge indulgences, consumption of wine, beer and other spirits and their quantities. In addition, drinking frequency was assessed: less than 1 day per week; 1-2 days/ week; 3-4 days/ week and 5-7 days/ week. "For this reason, we can not say with certainty that alcohol has a protective effect". This suggests that there might be other factors at play.

"I wouldn't recommend increasing alcohol consumption on the basis of this study", said Dr. Adrian Vella, an endocrinologist and internist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Next to wine, beer also had a positive effect on lowering diabetes risk.

Translation: People who drink frequently, but don't go overboard with it, are less likely to develop diabetes than non-drinkers.

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