Alcohol and Diabetes
Wine and alcohol in general have the reputation of being very high in sugar therefore moderation is key.
Most people with diabetes can have a moderate amount of alcohol. Research has shown some health benefits e.g. reducing risk for heart disease. Moderation is important.
Women – no more than 1 drink per day.
Men – no more than 2 drinks per day.
One drink is equal to a 12 oz beer, 5 oz glass of wine or 1 ½ oz distilled spirits (vodka, whiskey, gin, etc.).
- Do not drink on an empty stomach or when your blood glucose is low.
- Drink slowly to savor it and make it last.
- Have a zero calorie beverage by your side keeping yourself hydrated like water, diet soda or iced tea.
- For mixed drinks, choose calorie-free drink mixers like diet soda, club soda, diet tonic water or water.
Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia shortly after drinking and for up to 24 hours after drinking. The symptoms of too much alcohol and hypoglycemia can be similar – sleepiness, dizziness and disorientation.
Red Wine and Diabetes
Scientists have found red wine able keeping the doctors away. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, mention that the compounds in herbs, berries and red wine may all protect against diabetes. That’s because they are linked to lower insulin resistance and better control of blood sugar. Both help reducing the chance of Type 2 diabetes.
High insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes. People who eat foods rich in these two compounds – such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine – are less likely to develop the disease. Study found that those who ate the most anthocyanins 花青素 were least likely to suffer chronic inflammation including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Best Red Wine for Diabetics
Red wines, in particular dry red wines, are very low in sugar. Recently, it has been discovered that red wine might actually be beneficial to those with diabetes.
Wine and alcohol in general have the reputation of being very high in sugar and therefore moderation is key (also we don’t want to get drunk at every meal).
Popular types of Dry Red Wines: Low to No Sugar wine
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Merlot: A softer, fruitier wine than the Cabernet Sauvignon
- Malbec: a dark fruit wine commonly referred to as “the black wine”
- Zinfandel: This wine can have many different flavours from hearty and full to delicately light
- Syrah (Shiraz): Wonderful fruit flavours with a touch of spice describes the Shiraz
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