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Portable Cardiac Monitoring | Red Wine, Type-2 Diabetes, and Heart Health

Do you have type 2 diabetes? Am. The standard medical advice for people with diabetes has been to steer clear of alcohol, but a surprising new study suggests that it might be alright for diabetics to enjoy an occasional glass of wine. Self-reported incident diabetes was ascertained 5 times during the study (1987, 1989, 1992, 1997, and 2004). But, here’s another reason for you to indulge in that glass of red wine – resveratrol, a chemical commonly found in it has the ability to lower blood sugar levels. “Despite eating a diet equally high in saturated fat as the typical American diet, the French were shown to have about one-third the level of cardiovascular disease. However, the group has said that “demonizing” sugar in the fight against diabetes was “over-simplistic.” In addition, the group described as “disgraceful” a broadcast media report stating that a number of government advisers had “worryingly close” ties with sugar producers.

Prof Aedin Cassidy of the University of East Anglia, who led the study, said: “This is one of the first large-scale human studies to look at how these powerful bioactive compounds might reduce the risk of diabetes. The 224 people involved in the study were told to consume a glass of one of the three beverages daily for two years – longer than any other study of its kind – and the results were surprising. This randomized, controlled trial found that consumers of red wine increased their HDL (good) cholesterol levels by approximately 2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) when compared to water drinkers. However, sleep quality was significantly improved in both wine groups, compared with the water control group. Resveratrol significantly reduced the animals’ chances of becoming obese and of developing early signs of diabetes. This group showed better blood sugar control than the 20% of study subjects classified as “fast metabolizers”. Those with a faster metabolism showed lower blood pressure levels than other individuals in the study.

None of the wine drinkers in the study showed negative effects of consuming a daily glass of wine and many reported better sleep habits than their water-drinking peers. Overall, the researchers were surprised with the different results between red wine and white wine consumption. I am guessing that isn’t it but just musing here….I thinking it is the liver and this lactic acidois (that sounds familar – from that movie A Few Good Men). While some doctors offer the caveat that a Mediterranean diet is highly fibrous, and patients who drastically changed their diets to conform with this lifestyle may have benefited more from the eating habits than the wine, they agreed that an occasional glass of red wine that accompanies a healthy diet will not negatively impact heart or diabetic patients. Nine years may not be long enough to measure red wine’s health benefits, or it may be possible that the benefits would be more detectable in a younger or more diverse population. For more information, contact the knowledgeable portable cardiac monitoring staff at Medicomp by calling (800) 23-HEART (234-3278).

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