Could Wine Consumption with Dinner Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Consumption of alcohol in moderation may have some health benefits, including improvements in glucose metabolism.

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A study published in October 2015 discovered that moderate wine consumption significantly reduced cardiometabolic risk in people with type 2 diabetes. For more than a decade, the study followed 312,388 healthy current drinkers who did not have type 2 diabetes. Consuming wine with dinner was associated with a 14% lower risk of type 2 diabetes when compared to drinking alcohol alone. Wine’s flavonoids and other antioxidants (ethanol can act as an antioxidant) can help protect the heart and blood vessels from alcohol’s damaging effects.

Due to the majority of participants being white, it is unknown whether the findings are applicable to other populations. Alcohol consumption is associated with both short- and long-term health risks, including motor vehicle accidents, violence, sexual risk behaviors, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, liver disease, depression, suicide, and alcohol abuse. The more a person drinks, the greater the risk to his or her health. The risk of developing certain cancers and other health problems increases even at very low levels of alcohol consumption — less than one drink daily — for some cancers and other health problems. According to the CDC, moderate alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For women, “moderate” drinking is defined as one glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage per day; for men, it is defined as up to two glasses per day. A standard drink in the United States contains 0.6 ounces (oz) or 1.2 tablespoons of pure alcohol. That is the typical amount found in a 12-ounce beer with a 5% alcohol content.


Drinking Wine With Dinner May Reduce the Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes.

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