Almonds Bolster Diabetics' Glucose Health
December 29, 2010
NEWARK, N.J.—According to a new study, an American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet with 20 percent of its calories from almonds over a 16-week period effectively improved markers of insulin sensitivity and yielded clinically significant improvements in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in adults with prediabetes (J Am Colle Nutr. 2010;29(3):189-197). The study was a randomized parallel-group trial conducted on 65 adult participants with prediabetes. Sixteen weeks of dietary modification featuring an ADA diet containing 20 percent of energy from almonds (approximately 2 oz/d).
The almond-enriched intervention group exhibited greater reductions in insulin, homeostasis model analysis for insulin resistance, and homeostasis model analysis for beta-cell function compared with the nut-free control group. Clinically significant declines in LDL were found in the almond-enriched intervention group as compared with the nut-free control group. No changes were observed in body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure or for the other measured cardiovascular risk factors.
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