Prediabetes and Alcohol- Heavy Alcohol Drinking Bears Diabetes

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Huge alcohol drinking causes prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

A worse relation between prediabetes and alcohol

Drinking alcohol brings about many risks and problems to health. The risk of getting prediabetes or type 2 diabetes is one of the major risks. The blood sugar or glucose level in the general people is increasing catastrophically in the USA because of increasing the amount of overweight people. On the other hand, the drinking of alcohol is also rising day by day. All classes and ages people now drink alcohol. Someone drinks less and someone drinks more. So, alcohol abuse and alcoholism are also considered as one of the most important factors for increasing the risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “There are 26 million adults and children in the USA having diabetes and 79 million people having prediabetes. Lot of people drinking alcohol and have prediabetes, but they don’t know it.” As The America Diabetes Association, “Most of the time prediabetes signs are invisible. It is only found by taking prediabetes blood sugar tests.”

How does alcohol increase the risk of prediabetes?

Drinking large amount of alcohol leads one to increasing prediabetes in the following 3 ways:

  1. The Journal Alcohol and Alcoholism believes, “A person drinking lot of alcohol, the sensitivity of his body to insulin is hampered or reduced.”
  2. Drinking lot of alcohol causes chronic pancreatitis. And prediabetes or diabetes comes as the side effect of chronic pancreatitis. It is more in men.
  3. There is lot of calories in alcohol. One beer can contain the same amount of calories as a slice of pizza contains. And, we all know that excessive amount of alcohol leads us to overweight. Finally, overweight causes prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

How much alcohol is moderate or safe?

As the American Diabetes Association, “Ideal amount of alcohol differs from men to women. In men, two drinks of alcohol a day are considered wise. In women, one drink of alcohol is considered moderate amount.”

Many doctors say this amount of alcohol helps to control blood sugar level and reduces the risk of diabetes from prediabetes. But, you must maintain prediabetes healthy diet and exercise regularly.

How much alcohol is dangerous for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes?

The person, who drinks more amount of alcohol than the moderate amount, his pancreas is damaged or hampered. Pancreas is mainly responsible to produce insulin naturally or maintain the blood sugar level at normal level. So, if you drink lot of alcohol, you have more risks to face prediabetes.

European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation’s Euro Prevent said, “The people having high blood pressure, have more risk of prediabetes. Lucia Moss in San Antonio Hospital at the University of Pad ova, Italy, found, “People having high blood pressure and drinking alcohol more than 10 drinks a day, have six-times higher risk of experiencing prediabetes.

Diabetes brings about or may bring some dangerous effects such as- non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, kidney failure, blindness in adults, heart disease and stroke. Even it may bring about death. So, be careful. Take alcohol by maintaining your doctor’s prescription. Eat healthy diet and take regular exercise. Hope, all these keep you free from the risk of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

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  1. Working with the elderly,, I see the end result of drinking and all the diseases it causes. I hope this article touches those who do drink and helps them reconsider other ways to FEEL GOOD! Thank you!

  2. Thanks Donna Rock for your good opinion.

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