A bit of red wine might do your heart some good

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

New research is reinforcing the claim that regular but moderate consumption of red wine offers some positive benefit to the heart – at least for some people. 


A study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev-Soroka Medical Center and Nuclear Research Center Negev, Israel, sought to examine the effectiveness of red wine consumption on a group of people with controlled type 2 diabetes. They were selected because diabetes patients are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and have lower levels of heart-protective HDL cholesterol. 


Researchers selected 224 alcohol-abstaining, diabetes patients, both male and female, ages 40-75. Patients were assigned to one of three drinking regiments – one 5-ounce glass of mineral water, white wine, or red wine – with dinner for two years. All groups followed a Mediterranean diet for two years without caloric restriction. 


The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the red wine drinkers increased their good HDL cholesterol levels more so than the group that drank water. Wine drinkers also experienced better quality sleep than water drinkers. 


The study authors say their research “suggests that initiating moderate wine intake, especially red wine, among well-controlled diabetics as part of a healthy diet is apparently safe and modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk.” 


Dr. David Mathias of Aurora BayCare Cardiology, who was not involved in the study, shared his thoughts on the latest findings. 


“The study results are encouraging and support the notion that mild red wine consumption is not only good for the soul but also good for sleep and the heart,” he said. 


Follow this link to read more on the study.

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