Many studies have been published about the health benefits of red wine. Some of these studies say that drinking one glass is equivalent to one hour at the gym. Others say it can help cure colds and even lower high cholesterol. A new study finds that a glass of red wine can actually help people who have diabetes.
According to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel studied 225 patients with diabetes for two years and found that their heart health improved when they drank one glass of red wine a day.
“We found that a glass of red wine with dinner can improve the cardiovascular health of people with Type 2 diabetes,” Iris Shai, researcher from Ben-Gurion University, noted in the study.
Patients followed a Mediterranean-style diet for two years and drank either a glass of red wine, white wine, or mineral water with their meals. Shai found that those who drank white or red wines had improved blood sugar levels. Red wine drinkers benefitted from healthier cholesterol.
Of course, this does not mean that diabetes patients should drink more than one glass — especially because some bottles of wine could contain a lot of sugar. Those with diabetes should not replace their medication with wine, but one glass a night could help in conjunction with a healthy diet!