(NEWSER) – A glass of red wine a day might indeed keep the doctor away—at least that could be the case for those suffering type-2 diabetes, according to a new study. It suggests red wine in moderation helps patients manage cholesterol and improves cardiac health.

Researchers set out to discover the effects of moderate alcohol consumption on people with well-controlled type-2 diabetes, who generally have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and lower levels of HDL cholesterol, which is good for the heart, reports Time. The 224 alcohol-abstaining participants with a low risk for alcohol abuse, aged 40 to 75, were then assigned a beverage—mineral water, dry white wine, or dry red wine—and told to drink five ounces with a meal each night for two years; they also followed a Mediterranean diet.

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