While teetotaling is the surest way to avoid abusing alcohol, it turns out that moderate alcohol intake may be one way to stave off the development of type 2 diabetes.
A Dutch study that tracked alcohol consumption among 35,000 adults over a 10-year period shows that moderate drinking (defined as one daily glass for women or two daily glasses for men of an alcoholic beverage) can lower the risk of developing type 2 by as much as 40 percent compared to drinking no alcohol at all. That lowered risk, however, applied only to participants who met at least three out of four conditions of a healthy lifestyle: balanced diet, weight control, adequate exercise, and no smoking.
The study, carried out by The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and Environment and various Dutch medical and research centers, focused on adults ranging in age from 20 to 70.
While the results are good news for moderate drinkers, the Dutch researchers made it clear that people hoping to avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes must also meet other criteria for healthy living that allow alcohol to have a beneficial effect.
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