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Benefits of Nuts with Diabetes

What are the benefits of adding nuts to your diet? If you are dealing with diabetes type 2 or heart complications, adding nuts to your diet can help.

Heart health

There have been several studies that show there are benefits to the omega-3 fatty acids that are in nuts like walnuts. Some of the benefits are reduction of inflammation and protection from diseases like arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.

In addition, omega-3 fatty acids help with low triglycerides and low HDL (good cholesterol) which people with diabetes often suffer from. Adding walnuts, even a small amount, to your diet each day can improve cardiovascular problems for those with diabetes.

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Diabetes diet

Including tree nuts in your daily diet could significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease for people with type 2 diabetes. Tree nuts include almonds, walnuts, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios.

Nuts are good for people with diabetes because they are full of vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids, and fiber. They also have minerals such as potassium and calcium.

Research

There have been multiple studies that focused on the effects of adding nuts to the everyday diet of people with diabetes.

These studies have concluded that adding nuts to your diet can decrease the chance of heart disease in men and women and lower the chance of diabetes in women. Including nuts in everyday diet lowered blood sugar levels by 50 percent and decreased heart disease risk by 30 percent. Every additional serving per week was associated with another three percent lower risk for heart disease and six percent lower risk for heart disease death.

If you have type 2 diabetes or are at risk for heart disease, adding tree nuts to your everyday diet can make a drastic difference in the health issues you could face in the future. Talk to your doctor and nutritionist about how tree nuts could improve your health.