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Monday, July 09, 2007

To Your Health: Study Looks at Why Alcohol is Good for You

Scientists at the University of Sidney in Australia believe they may have found the reason consuming moderate amounts of alcohol helps to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and cut the risk of heart disease.

The study found moderate drinking helps release glucose from muscles and the liver. The study said "alcoholic beverage consumption lowers postprandial glycemia by 16–37 percent, which represents an unrecognized mechanism by which alcohol may reduce the risk of chronic disease."

Other researchers have previously found that alcohol raises HDL good cholesterol levels and helps the body more efficiently use insulin to control blood-glucose levels.

The new study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said one to two drinks a day resulted in the health benefits in test subjects.

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