According to a new study, drinking alcohol some three or four times every week might actually be good for the health as it could help reduce the risks of developing diabetes. At the same time, the researchers found that, in what concerns these same risks, drinking more alcohol or totally abstaining comes with the same number of risks.
University of Southern Denmark’ National Institute of Public Health researchers led by Janne Tolstrup conducted this new research. The study is based on data from the 2007 – 2008 Danish Health Examination Survey. Danish citizens over the age of 18 fill this.
They were asked to fill a self-reporting questionnaire which includes questions about their health status and lifestyle. Follow-up information came from 2012 Danish nationwide registries.
Drinking Every Week to Prevent Diabetes, But Not Too Much
The current study involved almost 42,000 women and about 29,000 men. It examined the effects of drinking regularly in relation to the risks of developing type II diabetes.
Participants were divided into groups based on their drinking habits. Some of them abstained completely from alcohol while others drink less than a day a week. Other people drank once or twice every week, another group for three or four days. The remaining participants consumed alcohol almost every day of the week.
The participants were questioned whether their alcohol consumption habits had changed or remained stable over the last five years. The team also looked at what type of beverages they drank. Or at the average consumption levels, and whether the people were binge drinking.
The follow-up study showed that 887 women and 859 men had been diagnosed with type II diabetes. Alcohol consumption levels were similar to those in the initial research. However, the follow up revealed that people that drank three or four times a week presented around 30 percent fewer risks of developing diabetes. These values were obtained after comparing their risks to those of the people that drank alcohol less than once a week or almost every day.
The team believes that this effect may be caused by the fact that the alcohol consumption is spread out across the week.
“For a given amount, taking it in on three or four separate occasions reduces the risk more than taking the same amount in one day,” stated Tolstrup.
However, the connection between drinking regularly and frequently and the lower diabetes risks is not yet fully understood. More studies and research on the matter will have to be carried out.
Current research results are available in the journal Diabetologia.
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