Researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the United States have developed evidence linking moderate consumption of alcohol during meals with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
All this was presented by the research team during the Conference on Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health of the American Heart Association in early March of this year. “The effects of alcohol consumption in health are a double-edged sword: harmful or useful, depending on how they are consume“said study author Dr. Hao Ma in a statement.”
Already preliminary studies were illuminating in that the wine consumptionand especially red, can reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Also those who suffer from the disease can reduce its effects with a healthy diet.
This is a compilation from the UK Biobank, on the health of several thousand participants. The research team studied the progress of more than 300.000 personas during 11 years. Of those patients studied, who drank wine during meals, about 8.600 they developed diabetes.
Interesting is the data provided by the study on moderate levels in the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, for example one or two wine glasses with food every day. These people were less likely to develop diabetes.
Lead study specialist Ma noted that “this could be attributed to other factors, such as the fact that most vino they also eat well and exercise regularly. It could also be due to the health-promoting components found in the vinolike polyphenols,” he says.
While Ma says the reasons for this correlation are still unclear, he cites his findings and a previous clinical trial that showed alcohol consumption during meals reduced post-meal blood sugar spikes as hopeful markers.