Popular drink linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol – ‘toxic’

The drink is known to contribute to obesity, which can be a precondition for high blood sugar (which, if left uncontrolled, leads to type 2 diabetes), high blood pressure (hypertension) and too much cholesterol in the blood.

The drink is alcohol, which can lead to weight gain in several ways.

BetterHealth experts explained that alcohol “stops your body from burning fat; it contains many kilojoules” [calories]; it can make you hungry; and it can lead to poor food choices”.

While it is possible to gain weight if you drink alcohol, it is not inevitable.

However, alcohol can directly affect blood pressure if consumed in excess.

DrinkAware pointed out that “alcohol can have serious long-term effects on blood pressure.”

Drinking alcohol regularly above the low-risk guidelines set by the NHS (14 units per week) can lead to hypertension.

Reducing alcohol is considered an important way to help lower your blood pressure reading.

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Alcohol is considered “toxic” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

It is even said that alcohol consumption “contributes to three million deaths a year worldwide”.

The cholesterol charity Heart UK added that alcohol consumption can also directly affect cholesterol levels.

“When you drink alcohol, it breaks down and rebuilds into triglycerides and cholesterol in the liver,” explains the charity.


“So, drinking alcohol raises the triglycerides and cholesterol in your blood.”

An excessive amount of triglycerides that build up in the liver then contribute to fatty liver.

In addition, an excess of triglycerides in the liver prevents the organ from functioning optimally, so that a high cholesterol level in the blood cannot be removed.

As such, cholesterol levels in the bloodstream continue to increase, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Today, there is not considered a “safe” amount of alcohol, only “low-risk drinking”.

“If you drink less than 14 units a week, it’s considered low-risk drinking,” the health authority explained.

On the other hand, higher-risk drinking can lead to heart disease, brain damage, and liver disease — among other illnesses.

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