A daily glass of wine, especially red wine, may help people with diabetes, according to a recent study.
In the two-year-long, randomized Israeli study, 224 subjects with well-controlled Type 2 diabetes were given a daily drink of 5 ounces of mineral water, white wine or red wine with dinner. All were not regular drinkers and all followed a Mediterranean diet without calorie restrictions.
After two years, the HDL or “good cholesterol” levels of the red wine drinkers increased by 10 percent compared to the levels of the water drinkers. White wine drinkers didn’t experience the same improvement, according to the study results, which were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and noted in the New York Times.
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 upshot? “We found that a glass of red wine with dinner can improve cardiovascular health with Type 2 diabetes,” researcher Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University told NPR.
Another recent study suggests that resveratrol, the polyphenol-packed compound found in the skin of grapes, may help fight depression—at least among rodents.