Yes you read that right! (Yay for wine.)
A two-year study looked at 224 patients and divided them into one of three groups: red wine, white wine, water (each 150ml daily, paired with a healthy diet).
They found that:
- The red wine group had improved cardiometabolic risk compared with the water group;
- The white wine group had lower fasting glucose levels compared with the water group;
- Both wine groups had lower triglyceride levels than the water group.
The authors conclude that if patients are already drinking in moderation, then they can continue. The real question is whether we should advise non-drinking patients to START drinking. Hmmm…
Gepner Y, Golan R, Harman-Boehm I, Henkin Y, Schwarzfuchs D, Shelef I, Durst R, Kovsan J, Bolotin A, Leitersdorf E, Shpitzen S, Balag S, Shemesh E, Witkow S, Tangi-Rosental O, Chassidim Y, Liberty IF, Sarusi B, Ben-Avraham S, Helander A, Ceglarek U, Stumvoll M, Blüher M, Thiery J, Rudich A, Stampfer MJ, Shai I. Effects of Initiating Moderate Alcohol Intake on Cardiometabolic Risk in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A 2-Year Randomized, Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Oct 13. doi: 10.7326/M14-1650.