In the latest issue of the journal «Diabetologia» published the results of a study of scientists from Denmark, according to which regular consumption of moderate quantities of certain alcoholic beverages reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
Scientists within five years studied the health and habits 70.551 patients and then considered the group of 859 men and 887 women who have developed diabetes. After analyzing the collected data, the researchers came to the conclusion that the risk of diabetes in those who drink seven glasses of wine a week, is 25-30% lower than among those who drink less than one glass. Scientists believe that the beneficial effect of wine is achieved through its constituent chemical compounds that normalize the level of sugar in the blood.
However, not all alcoholic drinks had a similar effect. Addiction to beer have a different impact on men and women: among men who consumed between one and six glasses of beer per week, the risk of diabetes was lower by 21%, while in females these relationships were not found. Gin, in contrast, had the opposite effect in the female sample, increasing the risk of developing diabetes by 83%.
The probability of developing diabetes among men who drink alcohol 3-4 days per week was 27% lower than those who abstained from alcoholic beverages, and among women the figure was 32%.
Experts note that the results should not be seen as a green light to drink alcohol, and recommend to adhere to existing recommendations: maximum weekly intake for men and women should not exceed 14 units of alcohol (equivalent to 3.5 liters of beer).