Binge drinking linked to diabetes
Too many drinks in one sitting can lead to more than a rough morning after. Research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine found that frequent binge drinking could increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by causing insulin resistance. That’s the hallmark metabolic defect behind type 2 diabetes.
For the study, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York found that rats that were fed alcohol for three straight days – to mimic the effects of binge drinking – showed signs of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance after the alcohol wore off. Rats that were given no alcohol, but the same amount of calories as the first group of rats, had no trace of either insulin resistance or glucose intolerance.
Researchers concluded that people who binge drink even once a week over an extended period of time could put their body into a prolonged state of insulin resistance and eventually develop type 2 diabetes.