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A drink or two may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. The study monitored over 30,000 adults between the ages of 20 and 70 who did not have diabetes. The study was conducted over a 10-year span. Moderate drinkers were found to have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers and heavy drinkers. Researchers also took into consideration the fact that many of the moderate drinkers maintained healthy lifestyles. The non-drinkers who maintained this same healthy lifestyle were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Even though researchers have found a link between alcohol consumption and diabetes, it does not prove alcohol itself reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers do not advise anyone that is a non-drinker to take up drinking because it could lead to abuse, addiction and other health problems attributed to alcohol consumption.