NAFLD: Even low alcohol intake linked to raised risk of diabetes

Chinese study shows different effects of alcohol depending on liver disease status

People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes even when they consume light amounts of alcohol compared with abstaining, a study suggests.

men drinking beer

Researchers followed more than 7000 Chinese men, including some 1800 with NAFLD, who underwent annual health system checkups between 2009 and 2018.

They included 243 men with type 2 diabetes at baseline and 630 who developed type 2 diabetes during more than 45,000 person-years of follow-up.

Compared with non-drinkers without NAFLD, the risk of

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