Drinking alcohol is rarely perceived as a healthy hobby, in fact quite the opposite. However, a recent study has displayed that moderate amounts of alcohol may protect older women from adult-onset type 2 diabetes.
The study, carried out in Holland at the University Medical Centre in Utretcht, examined the association between alcohol and diabetes, with the study focusing on older women. The study will be published in the journal Diabetes Care.
The prevalence and severity of diabetes commonly increases with age, and a significant percentage of type 2 sufferers are women, the Dutch team studied data collated from over 15,000 women aged between 49 and 70. These subjects did not have diabetes when they enrolled in the study, and each was followed for an average of just over 6 years.
Of the group, 760 women developed and were diagnosed with diabetes. People who did not drink at all were far more likely to develop diabetes that those women who consumed small amounts of alcohol.

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