Middle aged women who eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates (white bread, potatoes, breakfast cereals, sugary drinks) and drink moderate amounts of alcohol, have a 30% lower chance of developing type-2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
By moderate drinking researchers meant 24 grams (0.8 ounce) of alcohol per day, which translates to about 2-drinks per week. They studied about 80,000 women over a period of 26-years.
The findings do not suggest that alcohol protects against diabetes. Researchers stated that alcohol might affect the body's release of insulin and other substances after a meal, blunting the blood-sugar spikes that promote diabetes.
The new study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.