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Many of you have heard that if you have diabetes you cannot have alcohol. Well, that simply isn’t true. As a matter of fact, the ADA says that alcohol, in moderation, is fine. Their recommendation is no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks for men.
This has been a bone of contention however for many.
But new studies show that a particular drink is actually showing benefits for those with diabetes.
What could it be? Red wine.
We know alcohol actually reduces blood sugar. But it can lower it to dangerously low levels. This is not why drinking red wine is being seen as “good” for those with diabetes. I will caution you that if you do drink any type of alcohol, do with so with food and monitor your blood sugar closely. Too many times hypoglycemia is misinterpreted as intoxication and has resulted in very sad situations.
That being said, a recent study revealed that moderate red wine consumption (defined as one glass per day in this study) can reduce the risks of heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes. In the study, more than 200 participants were monitored for two years. One group had a glass of red wine each night with dinner, one had white wine, and the other had mineral water. All followed a healthy diet without any calorie restrictions. After two years, the red wine group had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or good cholesterol) than they did before, and lower cholesterol levels overall. They also saw benefits in glycemic control.
The researchers concluded that drinking moderate amounts of red wine in conjunction with a healthy diet can “modestly decrease” heart disease risks.
Red wine is loaded with antioxidants, and is credited with numerous potential health benefits when you drink it in moderate amounts. People with diabetes who choose to take advantage of these potential benefits should remember: Moderation is key, and timing of alcohol intake with food intake needs to be considered, especially for those on diabetes medicine.
It is interesting to note that RED wine and white wine were both studied and Red wine had a much more significant effect.
However, not all red wines are the same. What you are looking for if you choose to drink red wine in hopes of reaping benefits as one with diabetes is a dry red wine.
A recent survey revealed these red wines has giving maximum benefits.
Pinot Noir: A medium to light bodied wine that is becoming very popular.
Cabernet Sauvignon: One of the most popular and best selling wines in the U.S. with a full bodied taste.
Merlot: A softer, fruitier wine than the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Malbec: a dark fruit wine commonly referred to as “the black wine”.
Zinfandel: This wine can have many different flavors from hearty and full to delicately light.
So there you have it.
Please understand I am not advocating that you go out and buy a case of Merlot.
This is a personal decision, but I do advise that you talk with your health care provider before you take any action.
Alcohol can have an effect on medications and other aspects of your diabetes. This is a decision that you must discuss with others.