However, they noted light to moderate drinking had “no statistically significant effect” on fasting blood glucose levels, bad cholesterol, good cholesterol or glycated haemoglobin, a measure of glucose control.“
Regardless of the effects on metabolism shown by this analysis, advice from various diabetes organisations including Diabetes UK remains that people with T1D or T2D (type 1 or type 2 diabetes) need to be careful with alcohol consumption,” the scientists said in a statement.
They stressed drinking can lead to a hypoglycemic episode, a common condition among diabetics that occurs when blood sugar gets too low. They also said too much drinking can cause weight gain and other health issues.
The scientists now hope to continue their investigations to solidify their findings.
"Larger studies," they concluded, "are needed to further evaluate the effects of alcohol consumption on blood sugar management, especially in patients with type 2 diabetes."