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Association between alcohol consumption patterns and metabolic syndrome

The associations between self-reported alcohol consumption patterns and metabolic syndrome were investigated in a group of 7432 adults aged ≥20 years participating in the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Above moderate alcohol consumption was negatively associated with waist circumference among those in the 20-29, 40-49, and 70-79 age groups ( =-6.21, - 8.34, and -6.60, respectively) and moderate alcohol consumption was negatively associated with waist circumference among those in the 30-39, 40-49, and 70-79 age groups ( =-4.60, -5.69, and -2.88, respectively).

Above moderate alcohol consumption was negatively associated with triglycerides among those in the 70-79 and 80+ age groups ( =-23.62 and -34.18, respectively) and positively associated with HDL-C levels in all groups ( range 8.96-18.25). Association between alcohol consumption patterns and metabolic syndrome.

Moderate alcohol consumption was positively associated with HDL-C in the age groups spanning 20-69 years ( range 3.05-5.34) and those over 80 ( =5.26). Above moderate alcohol consumption and moderate alcohol consumption were negatively associated with fasting glucose levels in the 20-29 and 70-79 age groups ( =-3.38 and -15.61, respectively).

Moderate alcohol consumption was negatively associated with fasting glucose levels among those 70-79 and those over 80 years of age ( =-7.06 and -5.00, respectively). Moderate alcohol consumption and above moderate alcohol consumption may favourably impact metabolic health, the researchers conclude.

Source: Association between alcohol consumption patterns and metabolic syndrome. Churilla JR, Johnson TM, Curls R, Richardson MR, Boyer WR, Devore SR, Alnojeidi AH. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2014 Apr-Jun;8(2):119-23.

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