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Red Wine Controls Type 2 Diabetes?

According to a new two-year long study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, red wine could help control type 2 diabetes. Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel. worked with approximately 225 subjects with elevated blood sugar in order to determine the influence of wine on individuals with diabetes.  The subjects were placed on a Mediterranean style diet for two years.

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Individuals with diabetes often consider alcohol in any amount as being off limits to them. Shai notes: “There is a myth that alcohol is not so safe for them.”

While the volunteers ate the same foods, one group drank one glass of red wine daily. Another group drank one glass of white wine daily. A third group drank mineral water.

The amount of wine used in this study reportedly falls well within various health organizations’ recommended guidelines for moderate drinking. Specifically: one glass per day for women, or two glasses for men.

Shai stated: “We found that a glass of red wine with dinner can improve the cardiovascular health of people with type 2 diabetes.” Specifically, she discovered that in comparing all three groups, the subjects who drank both red and white wine benefited from multiple improvements in blood sugar control.

Unsurprisingly to some, the results of this new study also revealed that drinking both red and white wine was also directly linked to significantly improved sleep. The individuals who drank red wine received an additional health benefit. They had specific improvements in the levels of their good cholesterol.

The research team concluded that their long term study indicates that combining a moderate intake of wine—especially red wine– with a healthy diet does aid in lowering cardio-metabolic risks. Subjects whose genetic profiles marked them as fast ethanol metabolizers, however, received no statistically relevant benefits.

Red Wine Controls Type 2 Diabetes?

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