Thursday, December 30, 2010

Almond-rich diet could prevent Diabetes

Intake of almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease, a study has found. The nuts might cut cholesterol and help the body to use insulin, thus stopping diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and a lack of exercise, is partially the result of the body becoming resistant to its own insulin, the hormone which converts sugar into energy.

Researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey studied 65 adults with raised blood sugar, a condition called pre-diabetes. The group which took almond-enriched diet for 16 weeks became more sensitive to insulin while their cholesterol was lowered.

About 55 million people in Europe have type-2 diabetes. This is expected to rise to 66 million by 2030. Another 60 million have pre-diabetes, giving them a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
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