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Wine, chocolate can reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jan. 21, 2014

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A group of flavonoids, found in delicious things such as chocolate, berries and red wine, can help reduce a woman's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, new research has found.

The British study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, shows higher intake of the compounds is associated with lower insulin resistance and better regulation of blood glucose.

The study also found consumption of the flavonoid foods lowers glucose inflammation, which can be associated with diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

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Researchers studied almost 2,000 healthy women in the U.K. Their diets were examined and blood tests looked at glucose regulation, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.

"High insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes, so what we are seeing is that people who eat foods rich in these two compounds — such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine — are less likely to develop the disease," Aedin Cassidy of Norwich Medical School said.

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