Healthy adults who drink a small amount of wine each day are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who abstain completely, research has suggested.
A 10-year study carried out by the National Institute for Public Health and Environment and other Dutch research centres found that people who consumed one or two glasses but met three out of four conditions of a healthy lifestyle were 40% less likely to develop the form of diabetes than non-drinkers.
TNO, the scientific research group which helped carry out the analysis, said: “The results of the investigation show that moderate alcohol consumption can play a part in a health lifestyle to help reduce the risk of developing diabetes type 2.”
Around 180 million adults worldwide suffer from the condition, which occurs mainly in people over 40 years old. It can lead to cardiovascular diseases, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure if not controlled.
More than 35,000 adults were polled for the study.