A study has revealed that having more than one alcoholic drink in a day can increase high blood pressure (Hypertension) among people with diabetes. The general guidelines of alcohol consumption say women can have one drink a day while having two drinks per day is safe for men. Well, this might not work in the same way for people with chronic diseases. A study has revealed that people who have type 2 diabetes who take more than eight drinks in a week are at a 60 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with hypertension. Experts have observed a link between alcohol consumption and blood pressure in more than 10000 adults. The study has been published in the journal of the American Heart Association.
The Canadian participants who have an average age of 63 have been enrolled in the Action Control to Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes trial. This trial compares the treatment options to reduce heart disease risk among type 2 diabetes patients. Each participant in the study has been at a higher risk of heart disease. Participants have been kept in three groups as per their alcohol intake. Experts have considered one alcohol drink as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor. Experts have affirmed that moderate drinking is also associated with the increased odds of high blood pressure among people with type 2 diabetes and increased cardiovascular risk. Heavy drinking has been linked to 91 percent elevated blood pressure. Experts have said that at the same time, no or light drinking does not affect the blood pressure.
The study says that light to moderate drinking might have a positive impact on the cardiovascular health of the people, at the same time moderate to heavy drinking is linked to a higher risk of hypertension among type 2 diabetes patients. Experts have said that healthcare providers should discuss the benefits and risks of alcohol intake with their patients with type 2 diabetes. Experts have warned people that uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause a heart attack or a stroke as well. However, experts say that this study has not been able to find a cause and effect link. The change in alcohol consumption guidelines needs more inclusive and intensive studies in the future.