The results of the trial showed that patients who drank a glass of red wine every evening, at the end of the study had higher levels of 'good' cholesterol than those who drank white wine or mineral water
New benefits for red wine drinkers. A glass every night would seem to help people with diabetes to control cholesterol and protect the heart. And 'what emerges from a trial of more than 220 people with type 2 diabetes, which for some time have been following a regime based on the Mediterranean diet. Well, patients who drank a glass of red wine (150 ml) every evening, at the end of the study had higher levels of 'good' cholesterol than those who drank white wine or mineral water, reports the Independent.
Diabetics are more vulnerable to heart disease, and often have lower levels of HDL cholesterol, the 'good' in fact, felt protective for heart health. In the study, which lasted two years and by Israeli researchers, people who drank red wine showed a modest increase of HDL, while those that were also genetically predisposed to metabolize alcohol well, presented in more improved sugar control blood. For researchers, therefore, the genetic profile could be used in the future to identify diabetics who would benefit most of the moderate consumption of red wine. The research, conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev along with colleagues from Harvard and Leipzig, was presented at the conference on obesity being in Prague.