Wine May Benefit Those With Type 2 Diabetes: New Data
If you want to persuade your physician that sensible wine consumption is likely good for glucose control and heart health, researchers have made your argument easier.
Scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel knew that, among moderate drinkers, type 2 diabetes is less common. Since earlier studies showed that ethanol (alcohol) is likely the reason, they wondered if both white and red wine might improve glucose control and reduce the risk of heart disease.
The researchers hypothesized that moderate drinking of white or red wine would provide similar effects since both contain ethanol, and that outcome variations would be owed to genetic and alcohol metabolism differences.
A two-year study was devised to test the hypothesis.
Recruits and Setup
The 224 recruited participants were men and women with well-controlled type 2 diabetes, ages 40 to 75 who generally abstained from alcohol.
Participants were randomly assigned to drink 150 ml of mineral water, white wine, or red wine with their dinner. Each followed Mediterranean diet guidelines without calorie restrictions. Questionnaires were administered, and blood samples were taken at regular intervals.
Stats were kept on participant triglyceride levels, waist circumference, blood pressure, medication use, genetic interaction, liver function, and quality-of-life factors.
After Two Years
The research analysis suggests “that initiating moderate wine intake, especially red wine, among well-controlled diabetics as part of a healthy diet is apparently safe and modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk.”
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