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Abstaining From Alcohol May Aid Long Term Weight Loss in Diabetics

If you have diabetes, extra weight can increase the risk of coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. A recent study suggests that abstaining from alcohol consumption may be an effective weight loss strategy for people with diabetes.


Participants in the study included nearly 5,000 people who took part in the Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) study. All the participants were overweight and had diabetes and were followed for four years. Half of the group took part in Intensive Lifestyle Intervention, while the other half underwent diabetes support and education.


At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted that the participants who didn’t drink at all over the four-year study period lost 1.6% more weight than those who drank any amount, and 5.1% more than consistent heavy drinkers.. They also found that heavy drinkers in the Lifestyle Intervention Group were less likely to lose clinically significant amounts of weight.


Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing conducted the study. It was published on November 13, 2018, in the journal Obesity.

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