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Moderate Drinking May Help Lower the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Call for more research

Dr. Ronald Tamler, medical director at the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute, was not involved in the novel study, but says it corroborates observations from previous research. He also suggested drinking in moderation, “up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.” 

“My patients are glad when they ‘confess’ that they took a glass of wine with dinner, and I tell them they should feel free to carry on their evening routine,” Tamler says. “However, I do not advise patients to begin drinking just to lessen risk of developing diabetes.”

Tamler also points out that the study centered on people developing a new diagnosis of diabetes. “Once someone has diabetes, different forms of alcohol may have very different effects,” he says. “Beer may elevate blood sugar levels whereas hard liquor may lead to seriously low glucose levels.”