Can 2 Drinks a Day Keep Diabetes Away?

Published Online: Saturday, June 1, 2002

Healthy postmenopausal women who consume 1 to 2 drinks a day are better able to respond to insulin and tend to have a lower level of insulin in their blood than do those who consume no alcohol. Both characteristics reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. These results were published in the May 15, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the study, 51 healthy postmeno-pausal women rotated among 3 treatment periods of 8 weeks duration, in which they consumed no alcohol, 1 drink a day, or 2 drinks a day. Blood tests showed insulin levels nearly 20% lower after subjects consumed 2 drinks, compared with when they consumed no alcohol. Levels of triglycerides were ~10% lower when they consumed 2 drinks a day, compared with no alcohol. Insulin sensitivity rose by ~7% after 2 drinks, whereas blood glucose remained constant across treatment groups.

The researchers used pure ethanol mixed with orange juice, so it is not clear whether drinking wine, beer, or whiskey would introduce compounds that might positively or negatively affect the results.

Latest Articles
In case you got caught up in the Thanksgiving holiday rush, here are the top trending stories you may have missed in November:
Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, executive director of Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, provides some resources for community pharmacists to use when implementing new collaborative services with primary care providers.
James Schiffer, RPh, associate at Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLC, discusses some tips for pharmacists who are facing a Drug Enforcement Administration audit.
Carlos Aquino, founder and president of PharmaDiversion LLC, talks about the importance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) diversion website.
Latest Issues