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Drinking in Moderation Improves Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes?

Acute alcohol consumption improves insulin action without affecting beta-cell secretion in type 2 diabetics, according to a report by Italian and U.S. researchers. They claim moderate alcohol consumption of no more than 40 grams per day improves a person's glucose metabolism, thus prolonging their life.

Wine does appear to be reasonably safe in moderation, however, there are some precautions that need to be taken in regard to any alcohol consumption. While drinking about one glass of red wine each day may yield some benefit drinking two or more glasses of wine or any alcoholic beverage may offset the benefit and increase your risk of certain cancers.

Diabetes Care June 2004,27(6):1369-74

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