Red Wine May Help Fight Diabetes
There’s another possible upside to that glass of red wine with dinner.
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it may lower a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
To conduct their study, a team at Ben-Gurion University in Israel randomly assigned 224 patients, all alcohol abstainers with well-controlled type 2 diabetes, to drink five ounces of either mineral water, white wine or red wine with dinner. All also followed a Mediterranean diet without calorie restrictions.
After two years, the results showed that compared with the water-drinkers, those who consumed red wine had increased their HDL (or “good”) cholesterol by about 10 percent, and significantly decreased their ratio of total cholesterol to HDL. These positive changes did not happen with white wine drinkers.
Overall, the two major benefits of all the wine drinkers were that triglycerides and fasting plasma glucose levels decreased significantly compared with the water drinkers.
While these results are positive, the researchers did note that most of the participants already followed a healthy lifestyle before the study. They also said that before anyone makes red wine a dinner staple, they only do so in moderation and check first with their doctor.