The Gender Gap Continues to Close and just in time.
According to a study published in the January issue of Diabetes, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol may lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Even better this study focused on men, analyzing data from 38,031 men who had not been diagnosed with diabetes. According to the study; those who were light drinkers at the start of the study (drinking zero to 4.9 grams a day) and increased their alcohol consumption to moderate levels (5 to 29.9 grams a day) had a decidedly lower risk of Type 2 diabetes compared with light drinkers whose habits did not change.
Diabetic Investor sees this as very good news and it couldn’t have come at a better time. First off, this study continues what we hope is a trend towards eliminating the gender bias in diabetes research. As Diabetic Investor has previously reported there was clear gender bias in past diabetes research that favored females. Secondarily this news could not have come at a better time with the NFL playoffs in full swing and the Superbowl just a few short weeks away.
It is a well-known fact that men, football and drinking go together better than peanut butter and jelly. It is also known that this is one of the best weekends in football with four critical playoffs games. Although men don’t really need another reason to drink while watching football, at least now they can tell their spouses and girlfriends that there’s a solid medical reason for hammering down a few extra beers, it will help them lower their risk for Type 2 diabetes.
In fact Diabetic Investor can see a whole new marketing campaign for the many drinking establishments where males congregate to watch football. We can even see the NFL getting into the act with a “Drink Away Diabetes” campaign. Although Jay Cutler, the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, is a type 1 diabetic, Diabetic Investor sees him as the perfect spokesmen for this campaign. It couldn’t be any worse than his Touchdown for Diabetes campaign last year, which actually would have raised more money had it been called interceptions for diabetes. But with the DA Bears in the playoffs and Mr. Cutler playing better this year, imagine the possibilities if he leads the Bears all the way to the Superbowl.
Finally Diabetic Investor sees diabetes researchers getting into the act perhaps designing studies to understand better this correlation between knocking a few down and diabetes. One thing is for certain they won’t have any problems finding willing study participants. As much as men like drinking and football, they like drinking for free and football even more.
So for all you men out there, have a great time this weekend watching what should be some great football while you’re drinking away your diabetes. GO BEARS.