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A recent study shows that drinking a glass of red wine every evening helps diabetics to manage cholesterol and protect their hearts.
A trial of over 220 type 2 diabetes sufferers eating a normal Mediterranean diet and allowed a 150 ml glass of red wine with their evening meal were found to have higher levels of good cholesterol than those who did not.
People with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease and often have low levels of good cholesterol which helps to remove bad cholesterol and improve heart health.
The two year study at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, found that the wine drinkers raised good cholesterol by modest amounts and were better able to manage their blood sugar levels.
'"Gluten Free' is a label that appears increasingly on food products from buns to biscuits, from cakes to cereals; the suggestion being that gluten free is good for you.
Gluten is a protein that gives bread its chewy texture and is found in wheat and other grains although only wheat gluten is a cause of any dietary problems.
The author says that only people that suffer from coeliac disease need concern themselves with gluten in foodstuffs and that 'gluten free' is now a dietary fad made popular by such books as 'Wheat Belly and Grain Brain'.
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus have spread the 'gluten is bad for you' myth and this could lead to a lack of diversity in culinary cultures.
Research part-funded by the British Heart Foundation and conducted at the University of Liverpool reveals that height has a direct influence on the risk of heart disease.
The study, using data from 200,000 people, found that every 2.5 inches in height affects the risk of heart disease by 3.5%. This is due to the fact that genes that influence height are the same as those that determine the structure of blood vessels.
As they are more narrow the arteries were more likely to become clogged by a build-up of plaque, increasing the risk of blood clots and the risk of heart attack.
Compared with an average height of 5 foot 6 inches, people who were just 5 foot were on average 32% more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.
As the increased risk is due to a person’s DNA, lifestyle factors are unlikely to influence the outcome.
Doctors are still waiting for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a condition now blighting the lives of 500,000 people in Britain alone, but that day may well have moved a step closer.
Researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, discovered that the amino acid, Arginine, which is an essential nutrient in the process of cell division, healing and immune response is consumed by the body’s own immune cells in dementia sufferers.
By using a drug that disrupted this process they were able to prevent the build-up of harmful plaques in the brains of mice which had the disease and arrested memory loss.
Arginine is found in everyday foods such as nuts, chickpeas and meat although eating more of these products is not thought to alleviate Alzheimer’s.
“We see this study opening the doors to new thinking”, said Professor Carol Colton, at the Duke University, “and it will help us better understand the mechanism of the disease”.