Red wine helps lower blood sugar

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One glass of red wine at din­ner was found to help suf­fer­ers of type 2 di­a­betes sleep bet­ter, im­prove their me­tab­o­lism and in­crease lev­els of “good choles­terol” to pro­tect against car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­na­tional study.

Be­tween too much and not enough, the right amount is one glass of red wine, just one, if pos­si­ble taken at din­ner. That is the con­clu­sion of an in­ter­na­tional study pub­lished in the jour­nal An­nals of In­ter­nal Medicine.

The re­searchers, most of who were from the Ben Gu­rion Univer­sity of the Negev in Is­rael, stud­ied type 2 di­a­betes pa­tients con­trolled by drugs. The re­searchers said that th­ese pa­tients were cho­sen be­cause they are more likely to de­velop car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, have a lower level of “good” choles­terol and are also less in­clined to drink a lot be­cause of their con­di­tion. Their aim, via this study, was to ex­am­ine the im­pact, in safety and ef­fi­cacy terms, of mod­er­ate in­take of wine on health on this group of pa­tients. The team chose 224 peo­ple with type 2 di­a­betes who drank mod­er­ate lev­els of al­co­hol. Dur­ing their evening meal, the vol­un­teers had to drink the equiv­a­lent of 142 ml of one of the fol­low­ing drinks: min­eral wa­ter, dry white wine or dry red wine.

With a di­eti­cian’s guid­ance, the par­tic­i­pants fol­lowed a Mediter­ranean diet with­out calorific re­stric­tion for a twoyear pe­riod. Their find­ings in­di­cate that the group of par­tic­i­pants who chose to drink red wine had a greater amount of “good” choles­terol (HDL choles­terol), as well as bet­ter choles­terol ra­tio com­pared to the par­tic­i­pants who drank wa­ter.

The re­searchers found that drink­ing red or white wine was also as­so­ci­ated with im­proved sleep. The re­searchers con­cluded that com­bin­ing a healthy diet with mod­er­ate wine in­take, es­pe­cially red wine, helps to lower car­dio-meta­bolic risks.

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