Recent Study Concludes that Almonds may Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Almost 16 million Americans have metabolic syndrome also known as prediabetes, a condition that is the precursor to type 2 diabetes. By the year, 2020 scientists and researchers believe that half of the American population will have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
The Clinical “Almond” Study
After 16 weeks of consuming either an almond-enriched or a regular diet, both in agreement with American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations, the group that consumed an almond-enriched diet showed significantly improved insulin sensitivity a risk factor for diabetes.
The Study Results
This study suggests that consuming an ADA-recommended diet consisting of 20% of the total calories from almonds for 16 weeks is effective in improving LDL cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity in individuals with prediabetes.
Certain nutrients found in almonds, such as fiber and unsaturated fat, have been shown to help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels the nutrients also increase insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function which both help in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.