European Dissemination of Penn Nursing's Ariana Chao Study Findings

European Dissemination of Penn Nursing's Ariana Chao Study Findings

Alcohol's Effect on Weight Loss Efforts of Type 2 Diabetics

An article on Diabetes.co.uk, a Wikipedia-like news and information platform for diabetes patients in Europe, highlights a new study of Penn Nursing Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Ariana Chao on the effect of alcohol on weight loss among Type 2 diabetics.

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Penn Nursing Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Ariana Chao.

Europe's largest diabetic community
Diabetes.co.uk, is a website with 500,000 members that logs 2.2 million unique visitors a month across Europe. It is that continent's largest online community of diabetics.

Chao, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, is a faculty member at both Penn Nursing and Penn's School of Medicine who studies biobehavior mechanisms related to obesity, food cravings, addiction, stress and impulsivity.

She was the lead investigator on the team study entitled "Alcohol Intake and Weight Loss During Intensive Lifestyle Intervention for Adults with Overweight or Obesity and Diabetes," just published in the January, 2019, edition of the journal Obesity.

5,000 participants
The four-year project split 5,000 participants into two groups. Each year, members of one group were invited to three discussions about diet and physical activity. Members of a second group participated in an intense intervention that maintained weekly calorie and physical activity goals, and provided ongoing information about alcohol.

The study's findings were that alcohol consumption "is associated with worse long-term weight loss in participants with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes."