Study Reveals That Almonds Can Help Stave Of Type 2 Diabetes
December 27, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
The National Institutes of Health estimates that approximately 57 million Americans aged 20 or older have prediabetes, which is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal and can lead to diabetes.
Studies have shown that losing weight and increasing physical activity can prevent or delay diabetes. In addition, new research shows that an almond-enriched diet may help improve insulin activity and decrease LDL-cholesterol levels in those with prediabetes.
The study, which appeared in a recent edition of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, analyzed the effects of consuming an almond-rich diet on factors linked to the progression of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A total of 65 adults with prediabetes were randomly divided into an intervention group and a control group. The controlled participants conformed to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations, which included between 15 percent to 20 percent calories from protein, 10 percent total energy from saturated fat and between 60 percent to 70 percent from carbohydrate and monounsaturated fatty acids.
The intervention group followed the ADA-recommended diet, but with 20 percent of the calories coming from almonds, which contain a variety of nutrients, including protein. After 16 weeks, the researchers discovered that the intervention group showed greater improvements in insulin levels and significant reductions in LDL-cholesterol, which are contributing factors toward diabetes and heart disease.