Alcohol, Diabetes, Obesity and Heart Disease in Women

Researchers have found that a drink of alcohol after dinner reduces the health risk of insulin and glucose related diseases such as diabetes in postmenopausal women.

The investigators also found that artery stiffness, a strong predictor of increased heart disease risk, was improved when alcohol was consumed with low carbohydrate meals. This effect was not observed with high carbohydrate meals.

Finally, the researchers found that consuming alcohol increased the number of calories burned after both high and low carbohydrate meals. This may help explain the finding of these researchers and many others that moderate drinkers have less body fat than abstainers.

The research was conducted by doctors at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia and is published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Reference:

  • Greenfield, J.R., Samara, K., Hayward, C.S., Chisholm, D.J., & Campbell, L.V. Beneficial postprandial effect of a small amount of alcohol on diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors: Modification by insulin resistance. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2005, 90, 661-672.

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