Almonds may help type 2 diabetics

Jan 31, 2011

Nuts can be an important part of a person's diet

A growing number of Americans are living with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Both conditions can lead to higher life insurance rates.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition indicates that almonds may be helpful to those who suffer from diabetes. The research shows a diet containing almonds may assist in reducing LDL cholesterol levels.

Loma Linda University School of Public Health assistant research professor Michelle Wien says changing one's diet may help control some medical conditions.

"It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development," says Wien.

In addition to eating almonds, people may also benefit from eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. It's also advisable for people to take vitamins to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need on a regular basis.

Most supermarkets and pharmacies carry both products. People should always consult their doctor before making major changes to their diet.

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