Diabetes is a disease typified by excessive levels of blood sugar, often a result of a lack of sufficient insulin produced by the body. A new study has shown that alcohol consumption may lead to increased long-term weight gain among sufferers.
Alcohol affects diabetics’ weight | IOL
The study, led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, showed that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
“Patients with Type 2 diabetes who are trying to lose weight should be encouraged to limit alcohol consumption,” said lead investigator Ariana M Chao, assistant professor from the University’s Department of Biobehavioural Health Sciences.
In the study, published in the journal Obesity, the team followed nearly 5000 people who were overweight and had diabetes for four years.
One group participated in intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) and the other in a control group consisting of diabetes support and education.
Data showed that participants in the ILI group who abstained from alcohol consumption over the four-year period lost more weight than those who drank any amount during the intervention.
Results also showed that heavy drinkers in the ILI group were less likely to have clinically significant weight loss over the four years.