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Moderate drinking can help women with type II diabetes, says study

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1236/a (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1236
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Moderate alcohol intake may help control blood sugar in postmenopausal women with type II diabetes and may prevent the development of the disease and its cardiovascular sequelae in women at risk, a new report says (JAMA 2002;287:2559).

    Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, decided to study the effect of alcohol intake in postmenopausal women because alcohol has hypoglycaemic effects and the postmenopausal state is associated with an increased prevalence of insulin resistance, with resultant relative hyperglycaemia.

    The insulin resistance or reduced insulin sensitivity leads to hyperinsulinaemia, high concentrations of circulating blood glucose, and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease risk than in the premenopausal state. Moderate alcohol intake has also been …

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