Red Wine and Tea May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that's the assertion behind a new report from Health News Wires, which describes how polyphenols in red wine and tea might help to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

The study

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts found that red wine blocks the function of the key enzyme responsible for the absorption of sugar in the intestines – by 100 percent. White wine was able to block absorption by about 20 percent, the report stated.

Different types of tea also showed this result, with black tea being the most effective at helping to lower blood glucose levels by slowing the rate which sugar and carbohydrates enter into the bloodstream.

Healing plants

The authors noted that the research isn't an endorsement to start drinking if you don't already – or to increase your consumption of alcohol. But plant-based polyphenols can help with insulin resistance and may help to avoid blood sugar spikes.

Also, unlike many medications used to treat diabetes, the components of red wine and tea did not appear to effect pancreatic enzymes that help to break down starches. Diabetes drugs often interfere with the production of these enzymes, the researchers said, which can lead to the fermentation of "bad" bacteria in the digestive system, leading to bloating and gas.

Source: PR Web

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...

While it may be the last thing you want to guzzle down with meals, vinegar can help diabetics gain better control over blood sugar levels...