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Nuts can Halt Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on October 6, 2019 | No Comments on Nuts can Halt Type 2 Diabetes

Controlling diabetes and preventing its complications could be helped significantly by eating nuts every day.

According to a study conducted by D. Jenkins et al., consuming two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates is an effective lipid and glycemic control method for persons with Type 2 diabetes. “Mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts have benefits for both blood glucose control and blood lipids and may be used as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain,” said Jenkins, who led the research team from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.

Participants were divided into three groups, each group givendifferent diet supplements. One group received muffins; the second was provided with a mixture of nuts that included raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews, and macadamias; and the last group was given a muffin-and-nut combination.

The group that received the nut-only diet supplement was reported to have the most improvement in blood glucose control based on the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test, as well as reduced the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), commonly known as the “bad cholesterol.” Those who received the muffin or the muffin-and-nut supplement did not have any improvements in gylcemic control; however, those who wereunder the muffin-and-nut group had significantly lower LDL levels.

Another benefit of eating nuts daily is its potential for weight loss. “If anything, nuts appear to be well suited as part of weight-reducing diets,” said Jenkins. The doctor adds, “The study indicates that nuts can provide a specific food option for people with Type 2 diabetes wishing to reduce their carbohydrate intake.”

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