Wine Wonders

axel-new-onlineWater turned into wine – Jesus was a wise man:
Many observational studies have shown that moderate alcohol drinkers have lower rates of diabetes and cardiovascular problems than do nondrinkers or heavy drinkers. Mixed results have been reported on whether red wine has special benefits over other alcoholic beverages.

International scientists conducted a study that involved more than 220 diabetic adults between 40 and 75 years of age who regularly drank no more than one alcoholic drink weekly at baseline.

The participants all ate a Mediterranean diet without caloric restriction and were randomized to drink 150 ml of red wine, white wine, or mineral water each evening. Drinks were provided for free.

At two years, compared with water drinkers, the red wine drinkers had higher HDL-colesterol levels (the good one!), lower total cholesterol and better metabolic/diabetic markers.

The white wine drinkers had lower triglyceride and fasting blood glucose levels and better response to insulin. No other between-group differences were found such as blood pressure, body weight, liver function or quality of life except that red wine drinkers reported sleeping better (ANN Intern Med 2015 Oct 13; 163:569).

Strictly speaking this study is only applicable to diabetics, but if lipid and glucose levels were improved there is good reason to believe that it applies to everybody. Benefits were modest, but wine drinkers acquired health benefits over water drinkers – not a fact to sneeze at. The study authors mention that adherence to the study protocol was excellent – drinks were provided for free.

Interestingly it is reported that red wine drinkers slept better. This coincides with our personal recommendation of a glass of red instead of a mild sleeping pill.

And last, but not least, a few comments on the famous/infamous prostate screening which should not only involve a PSA blood test but also the much more dreaded ‘finger test.’ A swedish study showed no benefits for regular screening if at 60 years of age PSA levels were less than two. If it should be higher than that screening is mandatory because six out of 23 men would develop a cancer even though only one out of those six might eventually die from it.

This is another piece of the prostate-puzzle and there is still disagreement amongst the specialists how to deal with it best. In other words: there is good reason to consider the personal preferences of the patient

(News/Health: wine by Almuñécar International Clinic)

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