To Health- L’Chaim! Research from Israel on the effects of drinking wine and Diabetes

Yesterday the New York Times posted an article featuring a study from Israel on the effects of a daily glass of wine for those with Type 2 Diabetes.

Nicholas Bakalar’s article presents the following results from two Israeli researchers- “224 patients, all alcohol abstainers with well-controlled Type 2 diabetes, were assigned at random to drink 5 ounces of either mineral water, white wine or red wine with dinner. All followed a Mediterranean diet without calorie restrictions. After two years, compared with the water-drinkers, those who drank red wine had increased their HDL (or “good”) cholesterol by about 10 percent, and significantly decreased their ratio of total cholesterol to HDL. These positive changes did not happen in white wine drinkers. There were two beneficial effects in all the wine drinkers: Triglycerides and fasting plasma glucose levels decreased significantly in both groups compared with the water-drinkers. The study, in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no adverse effects of the wine, and wine drinkers tended to sleep better.

While evidence suggests that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a decreased risk for diabetes, lead author, Iris Shai, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, was cautious. “These people were over 40, they were not drinkers before, and most important, they followed a healthy lifestyle — the Mediterranean diet plus the wine,” she said. “So if you consider a healthy diet with red wine in moderation, you should do it carefully, with specific follow-up with your practitioner.”

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