Pre-menstrual Women & Diabetes

Pre-menstrual women who consume a daily drink of beer, wine or distilled spirits (whiskey, rum, tequila, etc.) have a much lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than abstainers, according to a study that duplicates similar findings in men.

The Harvard study involved about 110,000 women age 25 to 42 over a ten-year period. Dramatic reductions (about 60%) occured among women who drank between 1/2 and two drinks daily compared to abstainers. The reduction of risk was lower for those who drank less.

The study, led by Dr. Goya Wannamethee, is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Since 1991, there has been a 61% increase in diabetes and there are an estimated 17 million people with the disease in the U.S.


  • Tanner, L. Light to moderate drinking cuts diabetes risk in women, too.
  • Associated Press, 6-10-03; National Diabetes Information Clearninghouse

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