Folks with Sort 2 Diabetes Urged to Restrict Alcohol

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People with Type 2 Diabetes Urged to Limit Alcohol

After another long day of trying to have productive conference calls or lure a resilient 5-year-old into school, some might look forward to a glass of wine or a cold beer. However, if that person has type 2 diabetes, new research suggests that they will stop after diabetes.

The American Heart Association recently published a report suggesting that having more than 1 alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of high blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes and at increased cardiovascular risk. High blood pressure is serious business in and of itself. It can damage sensitive arteries, increase your risk of stroke or heart attack, and play a role in dementia and erectile dysfunction.

Advice for the Middle Ages

This was not a study of healthy young people. The average age of the participants was in the mid-1960s. In addition to type 2 diabetes, the 10,200 men also had other illnesses such as pre-existing high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Many were overweight and either smoked or had smoked.

Even so, the researchers found differences between light drinkers (1 to 7 drinks per week), moderate drinkers (8 to 14 drinks per week), and heavy drinkers (15 or more drinks per week).

The researchers found that people in the light drinker group who drank roughly one drink a day saw no association between their drinking and increases in blood pressure. However, in people who drank moderately or heavily, alcohol consumption was associated with increased blood pressure. The more participants drank, the higher the high blood pressure.

A double help with risk

"People with type 2 diabetes are at higher cardiovascular risk, and our results show that alcohol consumption is linked to high blood pressure. Therefore, drinking limited amounts is recommended," said Dr. Mathew Singleton in a statement. Dr. Singleton is a fellow at the Wake Forest School of Medicine who worked on the study. According to the American Heart Association, people with type 2 diabetes are also more likely to have high blood pressure initially.

Take away

The researchers recognized the limitations of the study. Participants' drinking habits were not monitored over time and they were only asked once about their drinking habits.

Healthy research has found that drinking even small amounts can be good for the heart. The researchers cited some studies that found that people with type 2 diabetes who drank minimal amounts, often wine, actually did better. For people with type 2 diabetes, drinking a 6-pack of beer may be a bad decision, but an occasional glass of wine may not be an option. Before making any major lifestyle changes, you should always consult a doctor.

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