A new research has found the daily consumption of a handful of tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia, or brazil nuts can cut a diabetics risk of a heart attack by or a stroke by one third.
The study showed that if a person with diabetes ate an ounce of nut snacks five days a week they were 43 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD) and 17 percent less likely to die from from it.
A ounce of nut snack would equal to about seven walnuts or 24 almonds for example. And each day a person has a handful of nut snacks, lowers their risk of CVD death by 6 percent and developing this condition by 3 percent.
Tree nut are the most protective as compared to peanuts which are really in the legumes family.
The study also showed a reduction by 20 percent of hardening of the arteries with the regular eating of nuts and a reduction of death by 31 percent.
According to lead author of the study, Dr Gang Liu, a nutritional scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, who said,
‘Our findings provide new evidence that supports the recommendation of including nuts in healthy dietary patterns for the prevention of cardiovascular disease complications and premature deaths among individuals with diabetes.’
The study also showed that even with people who were already in the habit of eating nuts on a daily basis prior to being diagnosed with diabetes, that increasing their nut intake proved to be of benefit for any one at any age or stage of diabetes.
Dr. Liu said that it is never too late to improve ones diet and lifestyle after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Risks associate with Type 2 diabetes are high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke. It affects more than 30 million people in the US.
The reason nuts are so beneficial are because they contain lots of nutrients like unsaturated fatty acids, phytochemicals, fibre, vitamins E and folate, and minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
In healthy people, nut snacks deter not only heart disease and diabetes but also cancer.
The study was done over a period of several years, using self-reported diet questionnaires which were given to snd asking them specifically about whether they ate peanuts or tree nuts or both.