drinking and breast cancer, wine bad or good

People with diabetes are often cautioned to avoid alcohol altogether. Doctors reason that a drink can make it much harder to control blood sugar. On the other hand, wine has a reputation as a healthful indulgence. As a result, people may well wonder, is wine bad or good for people with diabetes?

Wine Bad or Good?

Moderation is crucial. A recent study suggests that if people with diabetes drink just one glass of wine a day, the plaque in their arteries may not grow (Golan et al, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online Jan. 29, 2018). In some cases, it may even shrink a bit.

The study was carried out in Israel, where investigators randomly assigned more than 200 individuals with type 2 diabetes to drink a glass of red wine, white wine or mineral water every day. The volunteers also followed a Mediterranean diet, Israeli style.

Ultrasound images of arteries showed that about 45 percent of the volunteers had plaque in their vessels when the study began. Two years later, the plaque had not gotten worse. But those with the worst plaque at the outset of the study actually saw modest reductions if they were in the wine-drinking group.

Not The Last Word:

These results are not overwhelming. Consequently, the scientists say that people who don’t already drink shouldn’t start. On the other hand, those with a low risk of alcohol abuse may benefit from enjoying a glass a day as part of a Mediterranean diet. Good company for tasty meals, accompanied by a glass of wine, should help people relax. Whether or not that is good for the arteries, it could be good for the soul.

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  1. Kenneth

    Pure grape juce is more healthy than any type of wine.

  2. Carol K

    I read recently that the resveratrol in red wine was healthy. But what about the huge number of people who have heartburn and can’t drink alcoholic beverages? I try to eat at least 3/4 of a cup of red or black grapes each day. Does that also contain some resveratrol? I hope so. Does anyone know?

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