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Past research has shown moderate drinkers may have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers or never-drinkers, however a current study states otherwise.
The findings, presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2022, add to controversial research linking moderate alcohol consumption with certain health benefits, but do not indicate that non-drinkers should start, the AHA and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention say.
The study is the first to show how diabetes risk may differ based on how drinkers consume their booze. Researchers used data from almost 312,400 participants in the UK Biobank who reported they drank on a frequent basis to perform the study.
Drinking with meals, rather than without, was linked to a 14% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the study, wine drinkers were the most likely to profit from this effect. Beer and liquor use, on the other hand, were linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.