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A Glass of Wine Could Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

October 15, 2015 by  
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A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine recently, suggests that drinking a glass of wine a day can be beneficial in managing type 2 diabetes.

224 patients participated in a two year study that aimed to understand the effects that wine might have on a diabetic patient. All were told to eat a healthy Mediterranean diet with no caloric restrictions. They were then randomly assigned to drink a glass of mineral water, red wine, or white wine with dinner each night.

Patients who drank a glass of wine a day, especially red wine, showed a significant increase in “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and a decreased overall cholesterol level when compared to the mineral water drinkers. Wine drinkers also had a reduced number in components of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of factors such as being overweight and having high blood pressure, that elevate the risk of cardiovascular problems. Patients who are slow ethanol metabolizers also saw a significant increase in glycemic control both in the red and white wine drinking groups when compared to slow ethanol metabolizers.

Basically, the idea that diabetics can not have alcoholic beverages has been disproved. One glass of wine, especially red wine, can have worthwhile cardiovascular benefits for a diabetic. In some it even helped them manage their blood glucose better. As with everything, moderation is key. The benefits of drinking a glass of wine a day can be quickly outweighed if you consume more than 2 glasses of wine a day.

Keep in mind that drinking alcohol is not a replacement for diabetic medications. But, when drank in moderation, it can be a great addition to a diabetic’s blood glucose management. Always ask your doctor whether or not adding alcohol to your diet is right for you. There are certain medications and medical conditions that are adversely affected by the use of alcohol.

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