Today’s Headlines: Lowering Your Risk of Diabetes, Sibling Effects on Romantic Relationships, and Why You Should Be Drinking More Champagne

Cooking may lower your risk for diabetes. Home-cooked meals could decrease your chances of developing diabetes. A new study has shown that diet quality correlates with the risk for diabetes: “Cooking meals at home, says Zong, avoids many of the processed ingredients and unhealthy fats that restaurants and fast-food chains rely on so heavily. [In the study] Those who reported eating about two of the meals at home each day on average had a 13% lower risk of getting diabetes compared with those who had fewer than six homemade meals each week.” The study still cautioned people to monitor what they eat because not all food cooked at home can be completely balanced or healthy. (Time)

You might be more confident and comfortable in romantic relationships if you grew up with a sibling that was the opposite-sex. A study inferred that sibling type could draw conclusions on how people adjust to and deal with relationships. “Having an opposite-sex sibling provides natural opportunities to practice relating to the opposite sex and learn important social skills that can be applied in other relationships, such as conflict resolution and emotional control, the researchers said. Siblings of different sexes may have a better idea of how challenging interactions with the opposite sex can be, whereas same-sex siblings may be unaware of how little they know, the study suggests.” The study was conducted with a majority of heterosexual teens and therefore can only draw limited conclusions based off of the demographic studied. (WSJ)


Drink a glass of champagne; it may help you combat dementia. A study from 2013 has recently received some new press in regards to its findings on the positive link between champagne and cognitive function, similar to the benefits red wine can have on the body. “According to the news release, phenolics [found in Champagne] help modulate signals in the hippocampus and cortex, which are associated with memory and learning. With age, many proteins in these parts of the brain waste away, but, the compounds in Champagne appeared to help restore those protein counts to normal levels.” The researchers suggested that drinking one to two glasses a week could potentially fight aging in the brain. (Fox)