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Almonds may help fight diabetes and heart disease

January 5, 2011
Consuming almonds may help prevent diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and decrease LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels in people with pre-diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

As cholesterol-free nuts, almonds may also improve heart health because they are high in nutrients such as fiber, magnesium, protein, potassium, copper and vitamin E.

The study, conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, involved 65 adult women and men with pre-diabetes. Half of the group was placed on an almond-enriched diet and showed improvements in their sensitivity to insulin and reduced LDL cholesterol.

"It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development," said Dr Michelle Wien, an assistant professor at Loma Linda University and the lead researcher on the study.

A clinical trial under way within the North Shore-LIJ Health System focuses on diabetes patients who have coronary artery disease and require a procedure to restore blood flow to the heart. The trial is comparing two treatments - heart bypass surgery and the use of coronary stents - to learn which is more effective.
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