Nuts 'improve diabetes control'

Nuts 'improve diabetes control'

People with type 2 diabetes, who may soon find a care home, could benefit from the regular consumption of nuts, a study has shown.

According to research at St Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto, eating nuts every day as a replacement for carbohydrates could help to control Type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications.

While one group in the study was given muffins to eat, another received a mixture of raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews and macadamias and a third took a mixture of muffins and nuts, in the study published in journal Diabetes Care.

Results showed that those in the nut-only group experienced the biggest improvement in blood glucose control using the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test and a reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Participants who were given muffins or a mixture of nuts and muffins were not seen to improve in terms of glycemic control. However, those in the combination group significantly reduced their low-density lipoprotein levels.

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