New diabetes research reveals a connection between binge drinking and diabetes. Mount Sinai researchers have found that regularly consuming 4 to 5 drinks in a sitting could increase the risk for diabetes. The alcohol infects an area of the brain that regulates insulin production that puts those already at risk for diabetes at an even higher risk.
Before you reach for that next drink, you might want to consider whether or not it will affect you down the line. Researchers say that there is little known about the relationship between binge drinking and diabetes, but this study has shown that people who binge drink have developed metabolic syndrome years later.
Interesting Facts Learned in the Study
- Alcohol is largely comprised of sugar and empty calories, which is responsible for the onset of obesity, which presents another high risk for diabetes.
- Aside from the sugar, researchers were able to show the alcohol’s affect on the brain.
- The study was conducted on rats. Over the course of 3 days, some were given alcohol and some merely sugars. The rats that were given alcohol had higher concentrations of plasma insulin, an indicator of metabolic syndrome, which increases one’s risk for diabetes.
- “Damage to the liver doesn’t seem to be the mechanism that makes you become insulin resistant . . . It seems to be primarily because [binge drinking] damages the brain.”
Diabetes research is constantly working to take steps towards figuring out the causes, effects and connections between various lifestyle choices on diabetes. Binge drinking and diabetes are now more than issues of just the insulin-producing pancreas, but damaging parts of the brain are now said to increase the risk of diabetes.
At My Diabetes Home, we are constantly working to help you better manage your diabetes. In addition, we try to bring you the latest diabetes research that will not only help you manage diabetes, but also allow you to live simply and happily with as little to worry about as possible. So as tempting as that next drink sounds, make sure you know the effects it will have on you and your diabetes management and ask yourself . . .is it really time for another round?
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