Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Despite BATF efforts to obscure the beneficial effects of drinking red wine, a common pattern has emerged from studies performed over the last decade or two. When consumed in moderate amounts, red wine is good for you. It has anti-oxidant properties (thus explaining the term pickled in reference to someone that is extremely drunk) as well as the ability to lower so-called bad cholesterol.
To put today's subject into terms that I can understand, Type II Diabetes commonly occurs when the body is unable to fully recognize and make use of insulin produced by the pancreas. That can be helped with diet, exercise, drugs, and red wine.
For a diabetic, red wine helps the body to overcome the resistance to insulin, which enables it to break down glucose in the blood. White wine is only 20% as effective as red wine in this task, which is another really good reason to live by TWC's primary rule of life: lips that touch white wine shall never touch mine. As TWC contemplates the profundity of that observation, it also occurs to me that Christopher Hitchens was right when he pronounced that Wine is Red.
Drinking red wine with a meal also helps a diabetic manage cholesterol and the dreaded free radicals produced during digestion.
This finding confirms that in the absorptive phase free radicals are produced in diabetic patients, which reduce serum antioxidant defences, increase LDL oxidation and activate the coagulation system. Red wine consumption during a meal significantly preserves plasma antioxidant defences and reduces both LDL oxidation and thrombotic activation
Red wine protects diabetic patients from meal-induced oxidative stress and thrombosis, a pleasant approach to the prevention of cardiovascular disease in diabetes.
European Journal of Clinical Investigation study here.
To your health.
Disclaimer: TWC is not offering medical advice. The views and opinions expressed here are mine. You are free to draw your own conclusions and one would hope that you, Gentle Reader, would engage the services of a competent medical professional when doing so.
Graphic appears courtesy of South Beach Diet 101