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Type 2 diabetes risk lower among moderate drinkers

A study of 35,000 20- to 70-year-olds in the Netherlands found that moderate alcohol consumption, in conjunction with a variety of healthy lifestyle choices,- was associated with a 40% reduction in risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The protective effect held as long as study subjects also met at least three of four healthy-lifestyle conditions: obesity prevention, adequate exercise, not smoking, and a balanced diet. The moderate drinkers were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes compared to abstainers who adopted similar healthy behaviours.
The researchers defined moderate drinking as consuming one daily drink for women and up to two per day for men.

Source: The study from the Dutch research group TNO is published in the June 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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