Research presented at a conference at the American Heart Association has found that those who drink a glass of Wine with dinner are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with people who ate without. Researchers undertook analysis of more than 300,000 Brits on the UK biobank database.
They found that drinking a “moderate amount” of red Wine with one’s meal may be associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The research found that drinking a glass of with dinner was associated with a 14% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.“The effects of alcohol consumption on health have been described as a double-edged sword because of its apparent abilities to cut deeply in either direction harmful or helpful depending on how it is consumed. Noting the “mixed results” of previous studies that focused on how much people drink, Ma said it was time to examine other factors.
The study’s authors hypothesised that some chemicals found in Wine, or possibly even the alcohol itself, could alter the way in which individuals metabolise glucose, therefore altering their risk of developing diabetes. The study followed just over 300,000 adults, focusing its attention on those who were defined as moderate drinkers. Over roughly 11 years of follow up, 8,600 patients developed type 2 diabetes.
However, adjusting for other potential factors, Hao Ma found that the risk was 14 percent lower for those who drank with their food, with greatest risk reduction seen in those who consumed Wine. The study authors did note the limitations of their findings, and were unable to establish their hypothesis regarding the metabolising of glucose. Other factors may also be at play, not least the dining habits of those who consume a glass of Wine with dinner.