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'Drinking alcohol most days a week protects against diabetes'.

DRINKING alcohol most days of the week can significantly protect against developing diabetes, a study has found.

Consuming alcohol three or four days per week was associated with a reduced risk of 27% in men and 32% in women, compared with abstaining.

Wine had the biggest effect, probably because it contains chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance, said researchers.

But there was a warning to women to steer clear of the gin bottle. A daily tipple of "mother's ruin" or other spirits increased the risk to women by 83%.

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.

Scientists studied data on 70,551 men and women taking part in a large Danish health survey who were quizzed about their drinking habits and monitored for five years.

The authors, led by Professor Janne Tolstrup, from the University of Southern Denmark, wrote in the journal Diabetologia: "Our findings suggest that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with the risk of diabetes and that consumption of alcohol over three to four weekdays is associated with the lowest risks of diabetes, even after taking average weekly alcohol consumption into account."

The investigation did not distinguish between the two forms of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. For both men and women, seven or more glasses of wine per week lowered the risk of diabetes by 25%-30% compared with having less than one drink of wine.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 28, 2017
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