Male Drinkers Less Diabetic

A study of 8,663 men over a period of as long as 25 years found that the incidence of type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes was significantly lower among moderate drinkers than among either abstainers or heavy drinkers. These findings persisted after adjusting for age, smoking, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, waist circumference, parental biabetes, fasting plasma glucose, BMI, serum triglyceride concentration, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Type 2 diabetes is a major cause of death, its prevalence has risen in recent decades, and its treatment costs 25% of all spending under the Medicare program. Thus, preventing diabetes is a major public health issues. It appears that drinking in moderation would help reduce type 2 diabetes and contribute significantly to public health.


  • Wei, M. et al. Alcohol intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes in men. Diabetes Care, 23(1), 2000, 18-26

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