We know that heavy drinking of alcohol can cause serious health problems, including liver disease and cancer. Alcohol can also directly damage the pancreas, causing diabetes. Now researchers have analyzed data from 10,200 participants aged 40 years and older with type 2 diabetes who were at risk of heart disease and stroke. In this study, they looked to see if participants’ blood pressure was affected by the amount of alcohol they drank. The results showed that light alcohol consumption (1 to 7 drinks per week) was not linked to high blood pressure (greater than 130/80 mmHg). However, moderate alcohol consumption (8 to 14 drinks per week) was linked to a rise in blood pressure. Among heavy drinkers (more than 15 drinks per week), blood pressure was even higher. These results suggest that people with diabetes need to be careful not to drink too much alcohol, given the risks to health.
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