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Here's How Drinking Red Wine Can Lower Your Diabetes Risk



Your go-to guilty pleasure might not be so guilty after all.

Red Wine & Diabetes

Red Wine & Diabetes

Sometimes, all you want to do is kick back with a glass of red wine and re-runs of The Bachelor. And you know what? That's nothing to be ashamed of!

A new study published in the journal Diabetologia found that moderate red wine consumption may help prevent Type 2 diabetes. The researchers followed a cohort of 64,000 middle-aged women over the course of 15 years. Those who drank a moderate amount of red wine (about half a glass per day) were able to reduce their diabetes risk by as much as 27 percent!

Why Red Wine?

Why Red Wine?

At the end of the day, the study results came down to the amount of antioxidants the participants consumed. Women who got the most antioxidants — from red wine and other sources of antioxidants such as dark chocolate, fresh fruit, and tea — were far less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is an increasingly prevalent but largely preventable disease. Getting enough antioxidants is important, but foods such as red wine and chocolate should complement rather than replace a balanced diet. Like many chronic diseases, some of the best ways to reduce your diabetes risk is to eat well, manage your weight, and lead a healthy lifestyle.



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