Red Wine Boosts Heart Health in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Red wine with dinner may offer heart health perks to type 2 diabetes, study suggests

Is red wine at dinner good for type 2 diabetes?

A glass of red wine each evening with dinner can lower blood sugar, unless you drink too much.

Recent studies showed that compared with the group that drank water, people with diabetes in the red wine group had improvements in their heart health. The two-year study is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

‘Statistically significant’ improvements

People in the study who drank red wine saw their HDL, or “good,” cholesterol raise by about 2 mg/dL compared with water drinkers – a change the researchers say was statistically significant.

In certain people, wine also lowered morning insulin levels, was associated with better blood sugar control and was also linked to lower blood pressure.

“We found that on top of a healthy diet there is some beneficial effect for wine, and especially for red wine,” said Iris Shai, lead researcher. “We didn’t expect to see a difference between red and white wine. That surprised us.”

If your diabetes is well-controlled, one glass of red wine per day is probably safe.

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