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An October 2015 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that drinking a glass of red wine daily can help type 2 diabetes patients improve their cardiac health and manage cholesterol. Both red and white wine can improve the metabolism of glucose, the study found.

But Nieca Goldberg, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and a cardiologist with the John H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at New York University, stressed that the benefits need to be weighed against the harms of drinking alcohol.

“Drinking more than moderate levels raises blood pressure and alcohol in high intake and is a direct toxin to the heart muscle,” she said.

A drive-home point, Neola told LifeZette, is that the perks of drinking red wine can be achieved through other methods, such as exercise and healthy eating.