Drink Red Wine to Reduce Weight and Diabetes Risk


Over the years there have been many studies that have indicated that a moderate amount of alcohol has some beneficial effects. Whether it be beer, wine or whisky, they all can help to improve health when taken in moderation.

A new study carried out by Navarro University in Spain has shown that a daily glass of red wine can not only help you to lose weight but also reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

Diabetes is fast becoming a huge problem. Not only are more and more people suffering from the disease, the cost to the health services is increasing rapidly. The main causes of diabetes are poor diet, being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle.

The recent study reviewed 31 past research papers into weight, diet and diabetes. By reviewing the evidence to date the Navarro University team found that drinking a moderate amount of wine is linked with reduced diabetes and reduced weight.

Excessive drinking however is still a cause of weight gain and comes with many other health problems, so if you do chose to add a some wine to your diet you really should ensure that you limit yourself to just one glass per day. The study also found that people who tend to drink spirits are more likely to be overweight or obese.

The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research has also confirmed that so far there is no evidence to support the idea that light to moderate drinking causes weight gain in adults or more even an increase in stomach fat. The main health problems associated with alcohol are due to excessive consumption causing liver disease. Often people who drink very heavily also overeat too – the two seem to be caused by the same process. Heavy drinkers just have big appetites.

Although alcohol has energy, it is high in calories, those calories cannot be stored as fat. The body burns off calories in alcohol first which is another reason why heavy drinkers may gain so much weight – they get a lot of energy from alcohol which means the energy in the food that they eat is more likely to be stored in adipose tissue.

Of course, the research has not determined any direct causal relationship between moderate drinking and diabetes or weight gain. It may be more to do with lifestyle factors. Maybe people who enjoy a glass of wine tend to eat a healthier diet and are more active and social people. Wine drinking is linked in many cultures with increased social status, and a lower social status does often result in poor diets, sedentary lifestyles and excessive drinking.

To live a longer a healthier life, to avoid serious illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, you really just need a simple, balanced diet and ensure that you take regular exercise. The latest research will probably only act to confuse some people more. If you are eating too much food and never exercise, then a glass of red wine is not going to make you healthy.

Jon Wade is a health scientist who specialises in researching and writing about obesity issues. He is chief editor of MotleyHealth.com which provides information and advice on fitness and weight loss. The goal of MotleyHealth.com is to empower people to take control of their health once again by teaching how to eat a balanced diet and how to exercise to lose weight and get fit.

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