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Alcohol and diabetes

Pat Phillips, Melissa Carapetis, Connie Stanton

Alcohol consumption in people with diabetes can lead to much more than the well-known adverse effects experienced by the general population.

Key Points

    It has been said that alcohol ‘improves the lipid profile, is one of the few interventions to increase HDL cholesterol, improves quality of life and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease Take two doses each night with your evening meal.’ It could be good medicine for people with diabetes who commonly have dyslipidaemia, a low HDL cholesterol and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

    It has also been said that alcohol ‘increases weight, triglyceride, blood pressure and the risk of hypoglycaemia and is a major cause of marital disharmony and violent death.’ Perhaps not so good after all.

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