Dr. Ronald Tamler, medical director at the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute, was not involved in the new study, but says it confirms observations from previous research. He also recommends drinking in moderation, “up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men,” he said in an email.
“My patients are happy when they ‘confess’ that they have a glass of wine with dinner, and I tell them they should feel free to continue their evening routine,” Tamler says. “However, I do not advise patients to start drinking just to reduce risk of developing diabetes.”
Tamler also points out that the study focused on people developing a new diagnosis of diabetes. “Once somebody has diabetes, different forms of alcohol can have very different effects,” he says. “Beer may increase blood sugar levels (carbs!) while hard liquor may lead to dangerously low glucose levels.”
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