New research finds that binge drinking can disturb the metabolism, leaving binge drinkers with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to nondrinkers or moderate drinkers. According to Los Angeles Times, the new study found in rats, binge drinking created impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance even a full eight hours after the rats’ last “drink.” The effects continued for 30 hours after the last drink of alcohol.
Researchers found that after binge drinking, the rats’ livers failed to appropriately decrease insulin production and release fatty acids. When scientists examined the hypothalamus in the rats’ brains, they found it inflamed. The hypothalamus sends signals that are responsible for regulating insulin production and promoting proper metabolic function.
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