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A glass of wine with meals reduces diabetes risk

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The controversy about alcohol’s health benefits has raged for years—but the key could be when you drink.  Having a glass of wine with your evening meal does appear to be good for you, new research has found.   

It can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by around 20 percent, provided you drink in moderation—and that equates to one glass of wine a day for women and two glasses for men.  

The benefit is also only in those who don’t drink other types of alcohol.  Drinking a bottle or two of beer with your meal has the reverse effect and increases your risk of diabetes by around 14 percent.  And drinking outside of mealtimes can also be bad for you.

Researchers from the Tulane University Obesity Research Centre analysed data from more than 300,000 people in the UK Biobank project, and during the 10 years of the study 8600 developed diabetes.

Their findings could explain the contradictory advice from other studies that had discovered both positive and ill effects from alcohol.  The focus had been on the amount people were drinking, but the key could be when they drink. 

(Source: Proceedings of the American Heart Association conference, March 3,2022)

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