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Moderate Drinking Prevents Diabetes And Death Among Kidney Transplant Patients

November 18, 2010: 09:29 AM EST

Dutch researchers have found that drinking modest amounts of alcohol can prevent diabetes and premature death among kidney transplant patients, as it does among the general population. Researchers followed 600 renal transplant recipients who for several years after their procedure. Of these, 48 percent reported that they did not drink alcohol, 16 percent said they drank sporadically, 35 percent imbibed moderately, and one percent admitted to being heavy drinkers. Moderate alcohol drinkers were 67 percent less likely to develop diabetes than other types of drinkers/nondrinkers, and were 44 percent less likely to die. The authors concluded that common advice for kidney transplant recipients to refrain from drinking alcohol is erroneous. “There seems no reason to advise renal transplant recipients to abstain from alcohol post-transplant," they concluded.

Dorien M. Zelle, Eva Corpeleijn, Ronald Stolk, Jaap Homan vd Heide, Willem Van Son, Gerjan Navis, Stephan J. L. Bakker, "Moderate Alcohol Consumption Is Associated with Low Prevalence of Post-Transplant Diabetes and Reduced Risk for Mortality in Renal Transplant Recipients", American Society of Nephrology, November 18, 2010, © American Society of Nephrology
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