Feb. 29, 2012 — A new study found that moderate consumption of alcohol decreases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to Wine Spectator.com.

Researchers for the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) found that subjects experienced different degrees of protection based on gender and weight. For example, women who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol experienced a 20 percent drop in diabetes risk, compared to 13 percent in men who did so, according to the article.

The study, which will appear in the Journal of Internal Medicine, also found that moderate alcohol consumption helped reduce the risk of diabetes more in overweight subjects than their average-weight counterparts.

Researchers could not pinpoint exactly what about weight caused these differences, author Joline Beulens told Wine Spectator. The study team explained that the better results among wine drinkers compared to drinkers of other alcoholic beverages could be attributed to lifestyle differences rather than alcohol alone.

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