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Diabetes: Alcohol Consumption Could Lower Risk, Study Says

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The risk of diabetes could be reduced by moderate alcohol consumption, a new study suggests.

The study, based on data from the Danish Health Examination Survey 2007–2008 and released Thursday, revealed that people who drink between three and four times a week were less likely to develop diabetes than those who never consumed alcohol.

The research, published by Professor Janne Tolstrup and colleagues from the National Institute of Public Health of the University of Southern Denmark, explored what influence drinking patterns had on men and women developing diabetes.

The study found that the lowest risk of diabetes was observed at 14 drinks per week in men and at nine drinks per week in women, relative to no alcohol intake.

When compared to people who consumed alcohol less than once a week, it was discovered that the people consuming alcohol up to four times a week were at a significantly lower risk to develop diabetes.

However, researchers further elaborated that the type of alcohol consumed had additional effects.

Women had a lower risk of diabetes when consuming wine, but there was a direct link between a higher risk of diabetes and the consumption of spirits.

The study suggests this could be because wine comprises of polyphenols, natural phytochemical compounds found in red wine, which could play a positive role on blood glucose control and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers concluded that the frequent consumption of alcohol was associated with the lowest risk of diabetes.

Responding to these findings, Dr Emily Burns, the head of research communications at Diabetes UK, told The Guardian that "while these findings are interesting, we wouldn’t recommend people see them as a green light to drink in excess of the existing NHS guidelines, especially as the impact of regular alcohol consumption on the risk of type 2 will be different from one person to the next."

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