Almonds Can Help Lower Diabetes Risk In People With Prediabetes
Those with prediabetes might benefit from adding almonds to their diet as these nuts may help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce LDL cholesterol levels, a new research suggests.
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
People with high blood sugar levels have a shortage of insulin or a decreased ability to use the hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to enter cells and be converted to energy. When it is not controlled, glucose remain in the blood and over time, damage vital organs.
A study conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet on 65 adults with prediabetes.
The participants were split up, and the group on the almond-enriched diet showed greater improvements in insulin sensitivity and clinically significant reductions in LDL-cholesterol compared with the nut-free group.
Lead researcher Dr Michelle Wien confirms almonds can improve insulin sensitivity so the glucose levels can be better controlled. Furthermore, eating almonds can also help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
“It is promising for those with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development,” said Dr Wien.
Around 60 million people in Europe have prediabetes and people with the condition have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Almonds are cholesterol free and compared with other nuts, they are the highest in six essential nutrients – vitamin E, fiber, protein, copper, potassium, and magnesium.