Drinking Alcohol Reduces Diabetes Risk in Women

Drinking alcohol (beer, wine, or distilled spirits) in moderation was associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes (also called adult onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes) among women in a large study in the Netherlands.

Most type 2 diabetes patients are women, although most research on alcohol and diabetes has been on men. This study examined data from 16,330 women age 49 to 70 years. All were diabetes-free and were studied for an average of over six years.

During the study period, 760 women were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Those who consumed alcohol in moderation on a weekly basis were much less likely to develop the disease than were abstainers or heavy drinkers.

The authors conclude that the “findings support the evidence of a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes with moderate alcohol consumption and expand this to a population of older women.”



  • Beulens, J., Stolky, R. P., van der Schouw, Y. T. , Grobbee, D. E., Hendriks, H., and Bots, M. L. Alcohol consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes among older women. Diabetes Care, 2005 (December), 28, 2933-2938.

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