Relationship Between Ethanol Intake and Insulin Sensitivity Metabolism in Men with no Comorbidities: A Systematic Review

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Cristian Sandoval; Christian Herrera; Mabel Schulz & Bélgica Vásquez


The association of alcohol consumption with type 2 diabetes has been explained by increased insulin sensitivity, anti-inflammatory effects, or effects of adiponectin. The aim was to launch a consistent relation between alcohol intake and insulin sensitivity. Several databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus and Web of Science) were searched from 1990 to April 2020 for studies in English, using MeSH terms and text words involving to alcohol consumption and insulin sensitivity. Protocol registered on PROSPERO CRD42020205107. A total of seven original articles were analyzed, where four collected data through cross-sectional study, two papers with randomized crossover design, and one used a non-randomized study. The protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption on type 2 diabetes has been described, where an improvement on insulin levels has been shown in adults between 26.5-57 years old. Our research shows that alcohol effects on blood insulin levels could vary depending of the type of alcoholic drink ingested; and that alcohol intake increased leptin and adiponectin levels, suggesting that alcohol consumption may increase glucose catabolism promoting insulin sensitivity via leptin and adiponectin. However, original studies should consider time of exposure, age, dosage, ethnicity, and alcohol type in order to conclude right affirmations.

KEY WORDS: Alcohol drinking; Diabetes mellitus; Epidemiology; Insulin; Humans.

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SANDOVAL, C.; HERRERA, C.; SCHULZ, M. & VÁSQUEZ, B. Relationship between ethanol intake and insulin sensitivity metabolism in men with no comorbidities: A systematic review. Int. J. Morphol., 39(3):829-838, 2021.