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Diabetes Alert — Nuts Lower Blood Sugar

Diabetes Alert — Nuts Lower Blood Sugar
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By    |   Friday, 25 May 2018 09:25 AM

There’s new research that poses a novel way to reduce your blood sugar — go nuts. About one-half cup of nuts per day, to be exact. That’s the amount the study found significantly reduced blood sugar levels — crucial for those with Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, found that tree nuts (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, macadamias and walnuts) as well as peanuts, improved blood lipid levels and blood sugar levels in the study, with 117 non-insulin dependent adults with diabetes (with a mean age of 62 years) who were all being treated with oral hypoglycemic medications.

The subjects were divided with three different diets for three months. The first group included a supplement of 75 g (one-half cup) of mixed nuts; the second diet included 38 g (one-fourth cup) of mixed nuts and half portion of whole wheat muffins; and the third group ate a full portion of whole wheat muffins daily.

Each addition to the diet provided about 475 calories per 2,000 calorie diet. All of the diets contained roughly the same number of calories, but the nuts provided more unsaturated fat and less carbohydrates.

"The original findings revealed that the full-dose nut group had a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1c [hemoglobin is the measurement of diabetes. Levels 5.7 percent and above signal prediabetes or diabetes] compared to the other two groups," Dr. David Jenkins, with the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital stated. "We also found lower levels of small LDL cholesterol." He added, "The bottom line is, this study showed a modest but significant improvement in blood glucose control, despite the higher fat intake, and improvement in lipid risk factors for heart disease with increasing nut dose."

The nuts, including peanuts (which aren’t technically a nut), should be added as a replacement for carbohydrate foods, the researchers asserted.

Patients following the diet plan could lower their blood sugar levels, despite the higher fat intake. It could also reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, as the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol in their blood could be lower.

Dr. Cyril Kendall, a lead investigator in the study added: “The improvements in blood glucose control and blood lipid levels that can be achieved by dietary and lifestyle changes are significant and could make a substantial contribution to the treatment of those with Type 2 diabetes.”

The study originally appeared in Diabetes Care, but was updated with new findings and published in the Diabetologia journal.

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