A group of Dutch medical scientists just reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that moderate intake of alcohol daily reduces the chances of becoming diabetic.
The study covered over 35,600 thousand people. These people were of ages 20 to 70. The study lasted over ten years. This is obviously a serious study and will be followed by medical scientists across the world. The complete study can be seen on Medscape Medical News. The conclusions of the study are quite simple:
Moderate drinkers of alcohol have only a one third risk of becoming diabetic compared to people who drank no alcohol. This defense against diabetes was independent of other risk factors.
ALCOHOL REDUCES ANXIETY AND DISSOLVES FATS
Alcohol reduces anxiety and hence blood pressure.
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Here is a copy of the entire report from Medscape Medical News:
Moderate Alcohol Intake Independently Reduces Diabetes Risk
By Megan Brooks
The inverse association noted in several studies between moderate alcohol consumption and type 2 diabetes is not explained by moderate drinkers’ generally healthier lifestyles, a new study suggests.
In a group of adults already at lower risk for type 2 diabetes on the basis of multiple healthy indices and behaviors and moderate alcohol drinking (up to 1 drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks daily for men) vs abstention correlated with approximately a 40% lower risk for incident type 2 diabetes. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
They prospectively studied 35,625 adult participants, aged 20 to 70 years, in the Dutch European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.
Subjects were free of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer when they entered the study between 1993 and 1997.
In addition to moderate alcohol consumption (women: 5.0 – 14.9 g/day; men: 5.0 – 29.9 g/day), the researchers defined 4 other low-risk lifestyle categories: optimal weight (body mass index, < 25 kg/m2), physically active ( 30 minutes/day), current nonsmoker, and a healthy diet (upper 2 quintiles of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet).
During median of 10.3 years of follow-up, the researchers verified 796 incident cases of type 2 diabetes: 618 in women and 178 in men. Compared with teetotalers, and after multivariate adjustment, the hazard ratios of moderate alcohol drinkers in the low-risk lifestyle strata were 0.35. When 3 or more low-risk lifestyle behaviors were present, the adjusted hazard ratio for type 2 diabetes with moderate alcohol consumption was 0.56
The association between moderate alcohol intake and type 2 diabetes tended to be stronger in women vs men, the investigators note.
These findings, they conclude, support the presence of an inverse link between moderate alcohol intake and incident type 2 diabetes and extend this association to adults already at low-risk on the basis of multiple low-risk lifestyle habits.
(Note: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines a standard drink in the United States as 11 to 14 g of alcohol. This corresponds to approximately 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (approximately 14 g alcohol), one 5-ounce glass of wine (11 g), or one 12-ounce beer (12.8 g). (Am J Clin Nutr. Published online April 21, 2010)
Dr. Pinna says:
In the Mediterranean countries this is not news. People have been drinking wine for thousands of years, with no adverse effects, and with obviously beneficial effects.
If you are afraid of wine, do not drink it. But, at least learn about it!