Is It Ok For Diabetics To Drink Wine?

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Is Red Wine At Dinner Good For Type 2 Diabetes?

A glass of red wine each evening with dinner may offer heart health perks to people with type 2 diabetes. A two-year study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine is the first long-term study aimed at assessing the effects and safety of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol in people with type 2 diabetes, who are more at risk for developing cardiovascular disease than the general population. Those with type 2 diabetes also tend to have lower levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol. The researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reported that over two years, red wine helped improve signs of cardiac health by modestly increasing levels of HDL cholesterol and lowering overall cholesterol. The randomized controlled intervention trial involved 224 controlled diabetes patients aged 45 to 75, who generally abstained from alcohol. The patients were randomly assigned to drink 5 ounces of red wine, white wine, or mineral water (the control group) with their dinner for two years. They were all given instructions to follow a well-balanced Mediterranean diet plan that did not have a calorie restriction. The researchers performed genetic tests that showed how quickly the patients meta Continue reading >>

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  1. LisaLisa

    Is it ok to drink red wine if you are diabetic?

    There seems to be different thoughts on this from different people. I had some red wine last week and it didn't spike my bg at all. I realize, everything in moderation - but, having said that, are diabetics "not supposed" to drink?

  2. fergusc

    I drink red wine every day! Like you, I find it has little impact on my blood sugars. If anything, I find at actually helps to keep my blood sugars stable. It has numerous other health benefits too, so I'm all in favour of a couple of glasses in the evening. Allez le vin rouge!

  3. David

    My wife has a glass or two every night and it's never effected her blood sugars. If you get drunk, you will tend to drop low hours after the fact so it's important to snack and not go to bed too low. But in moderate consumption, I doubt you'll have any problems. Of course, be careful with dessert wines - I imagine that ice wine in particular is loaded with sugar. But a glass of Cabernet? You'll be fine.
    Of course, moderation makes things easier.

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