Nuts For Diabetes Control
A recent study conducted by Cyril W. C. Kendall, PhD, University of Toronto and published in the journal Diabetes Care, indicates that consuming nuts for diabetes control is a possible diabetes diet variation that can help people by lowering bad cholesterol. Blood sugar control and heart health are the two prime factors associated with diabetes care. Here is a further look at the study…
Design of the “Nuts for Diabetes” Study
117 people with type 2 diabetes took part in the study. The participants were divided into three groups. One group was given a healthy muffin to eat, while another group was given 2 ounces of mixed nuts and the third group was given half the muffin and half the nuts. After a period of 3 months, the participants had blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels analyzed. The participants continued their oral diabetes medications during the course of the study.
The mixture of nuts consisted of unsalted pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, peanuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, and cashews. The muffin was made of whole-wheat products and had apple concentrate as the sweetener. The protein content of muffin and nuts was the same. The monounsaturated content was also same for both foods.
Results and Conclusion of Nut Study
Results indicate that the blood sugar levels of people who consumed only nuts showed better results. These people also had lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels.
The HbA1c marker of blood sugar was used as an indicator to study the blood sugar level changes. The researchers observed that the reduction of the HbA1c market level was far more significant in the group which ate only nuts when compared to the other two groups. The reduction in bad cholesterol also showed similar results.
The research team concluded that unsalted nut mixture has beneficial effects on blood glucose levels as well as blood lipid profile. These findings can be used to change diets of type 2 diabetic patients by increasing protein and vegetable oil intake and thereby provide them with more control over diabetes. Nuts for diabetes are a promising research in the field of diabetes control.
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