Your doctor said those three little words.
“You have diabetes.”
And suddenly everything changed.
No more of your favorite foods. Pizza, pasta, and desserts were instantly erased from your shopping list.
And perhaps worst of all, you were forced to say goodbye to one of your favorite rituals. Your end-of-the-day beer or cocktail was suddenly forbidden.
Well, my friend, brace yourself for some GOOD news for a change. Because new research may have just put alcohol BACK on the menu.
In fact, the new study finds that in moderation, alcohol isn’t just OK for folks with type 2 diabetes. It turns out, it could even have BENEFITS.
And if you aren’t diabetic yet, but battling with elevated blood sugar, you’re going to want to keep on reading too. Because this bit of news could literally CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Trim triglycerides & reduce insulin resistance
For the new study, researchers carefully reviewed the data from 10 previous, randomized controlled trials on folks with diabetes.
They were shocked to find that the volunteers who drank a bit of alcohol every day had LOWER triglyceride cholesterol levels.
And that’s a really big deal. Because while mainstream medicine is practically obsessed with LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides are, in many ways, FAR more dangerous.
Diabetics are more prone to unhealthy levels of these fats. And, of course, the elevated risk for heart disease and stroke that goes with them.
So anything that naturally helps reign your triglycerides in is exciting.
And while a moderate booze habit didn’t appear to lower blood sugar in folks who were already diabetic, it did have some other related benefits.
The volunteers who allowed themselves a daily drink had lower levels of insulin and improved insulin resistance.
In other words, alcohol could help protect against DEVELOPING type 2 diabetes in the first place. Which if you’re starting to struggle with your blood sugar it could be a real game-changer.
Turns out diabetes and alcohol may mix
Now, this doesn’t mean if you’ve always been a teetotaler, you should suddenly take up a drinking habit. And drinking too much alcohol is, of course, still harmful.
But the findings DO mean for many diabetics who enjoy having a drink from time to time, a light to moderate amount of alcohol CAN be part of your healthy diet.
That translates into up to 20 grams of booze daily or a …
- large glass of wine (7 ounces)
- can and a half of beer
- hefty shot of spirits (1.7 ounces)
That matches MY standard recommendation of up to one glass daily for women and up to two for men.
And no, that doesn’t mean you NEED to drink every day. But it does mean it’s likely fine to have a glass when you like.
In fact, there can be health benefits when you do. So cheers!
Just be sure to run it by your doc first to make sure he’s on board. Certain meds might not mix well with alcohol. And if your diabetes is uncontrolled, he may prefer you hold off on reinstating cocktail hour for now.