Unwinding with a glass of vino at dinner keeps you healthy for years to come. Scientists say indulging in a daily glass of wine, beer or mixed drink may help you live longer. Alcohol triggers the liver to produce blood sugar – steadying enzymes and increase production of “good” HDL cholesterol that keeps arteries plaque-free. Plus, that bump in HDL nourishes and energizes immune cells to reduce cancer risk by as much as 40%. Other benefits of a daily tipple include lower odds of stroke and dementia. The key: Keep it to one or two drinks a day.
For the more than 35 million adults with type 2 diabetes, help is here: New research out of Italy found a highly absorbable form of vitamin B-3 called niacinamide helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, In their small study, scientists had folks with type 2 diabetes take 500 mg, of niacinamide daily for a month, then drop to 250 mg. per day for another five months. The results: Their blood-sugar levels normalized, even allowing several people to discontinue their diabetes medications. The vitamin improves function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.