Regular consumption of alcohol may lead to long-term weight loss in people with diabetes, say researchers.
The study, led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, showed that losing weight can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Obesity is known as one of the leading risk factors for developing diabetes.
“Patients with Type-2 diabetes who are trying to lose weight should be encouraged to limit alcohol consumption,” said lead investigator Ariana M Chao, who is also the assistant professor from the Univeristy’s Department of Biobehavioural Health Sciences.
While weight loss often includes decreasing calories from alcohol, few studies examine whether
people who undergo weight loss treatment report changes in alcohol intake, and whether alcohol influences their weight loss.
In the study, published in the Obesity, the team followed nearly 5,000 overweight diabetic people over a period of four years.
One group participated in Intensive Lifestyle Intervention (ILI) and the other in a control group consisting of diabetes support and education.
Data showed that participants in the ILI group who abstained from alcohol consumption over the four-year period lost more weight than those who drank any amount during the intervention.