Red Wine Gets Thumbs Up

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Alcohol of any kind — beer, wine and spirits — is harmful to your health, but again a qualifying notation may be necessary regarding red wine.  A recent study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine says people with Type 2 diabetes benefited from a daily glass of red vino.

The two-year study was done in Israel on 224 patients with controlled Type 2 diabetes.  The subjects were alcohol abstainers who typically drank water and followed a Mediterranean diet without calorie restrictions.   Each participant agreed to drink either 5 ounces of mineral water, 5 ounces of white wine or 5 ounces of red wine at dinner during the study period.

After two years of participation, the red wine drinkers increased their HDL (“good’) cholesterol by about 10 percent, and generally decreased their ratio of bad cholesterol to good cholesterol. The positive changes did not occur in white-wine the drinkers.

However, both red- and white-wine drinkers lowered their triglycerides and fasting plasma glucose levels compared to the water drinkers.

But it’s very important to note that the wine drinkers consumed only 5 ounces daily.  So, as we’ve noted here previously, be very careful if you drink any kind of wine.  Do not over do it!

Lisa Burbage

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