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Moderate Drinking May Help Lower the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

What does red wine have that others don't?

Polyphenols in red wine are well-known to help regulate blood sugar but not too much is known about how alcohol really aids in reducing risk, but what is recognized about diabetes is that it is attaining epidemic proportions.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes and 30 million suffer from diabetes. By diagnosing diabetes early, the situation can be managed.

There are numerous types of diabetes, but all involve the body‘s incapability to absorb or turn glucose into energy. Sugar in the form of glucose goes into the bloodstream from the liver or digested food. Blood carries the glucose so that cells can take it up for energy. Insulin (a chemical compound produced by the pancreas) assists the cells to absorb the glucose. However, when the pancreas cannot produce any or enough insulin or the body is not capable of using insulin effectively, you develop diabetes. This surplus of sugar in the bloodstream leads to an array of health problems that can vary from cardiovascular problems to kidney damage.