Pistachios Linked to Lower Blood Sugar in Prediabetics

Pistachios Linked to Lower Blood Sugar in Prediabetics

The glucose-lowering properties of pistachios could be helpful in promoting low blood glucose in people with prediabetes, a new study suggests.

Eating nuts, particularly pistachios, can lead to healthier metabolic process due to their levels of protein and healthy fats and aid in lowering blood glucose, according to a study published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association.

The research involved two groups of adults with prediabetes with one of the groups consuming two ounces of pistachios a day for a four month period followed by a further four months on a diet of olive oil and other fats. The other group of participants started with the control diet first and then followed with the pistachio diet.

It was shown that blood sugar levels, insulin and hormonal markers were decreased considerably while the participants were on the pistachio diet compared to the control diet.

Around 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, According to the American Diabetes Association.

Consuming pistachios, which are lower in calories than other types of nuts, could reduce the risk of further developing diabetes as well as heart disease and even stroke.

November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, bringing awareness to the condition and it is also part of Diabetes Awareness Month that runs throughout the month of November.

Diabetes is a condition that affects how the body uses blood sugar (glucose.) Glucose is vital to your health because it’s an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel.

Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered.

 

 

Sources: ADA

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