Only in Moderation, Mind You
Advice that alcohol is harmful for type 2 diabetics turns out to be wrong, according to a study that followed some 225 people with elevated blood sugar levels for two years. In the study, just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, all the subjects followed a Mediterranean diet, but drank either red wine, white wine or mineral water with meals. Ultimately, all the wine drinkers wound up with better blood sugar control than the water drinkers, and the red wine drinkers also experienced increased levels of good cholesterol. The blood sugar improvement, called “modest but worthwhile,” was greatest among those who metabolize alcohol slowly. The lead researcher’s conclusion: "A glass of red wine with dinner can improve the cardiovascular health of people with Type 2 diabetes."