Diabetes is a challenging disease to live with. It forces you to change your diet drastically or suffer with severe symptoms that can eventually lead to death if not treated. Sugar is typically the first thing that you have to let go of eating and you typically end up having to take medications. There are certain foods however that you can eat to help reduce your risk of getting diabetes.
Stock up on walnuts the next time you go grocery shopping because they have been found to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Research was conducted on data from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and NHS II. Both were decade-long studies. They tracked 138,000 women. All of these women were disease-free at the beginning of the data collection. Within a ten year span 5,930 had developed Type 2 diabetes.
The data found that women who ate walnuts on a regular basis had a 24% lower risk of developing diabetes than those who didn’t eat walnuts at all, or only ate them sparingly. They were also a tad leaner than those who didn’t indulge in this delectable nut.
They did not research the reason that walnuts are capable of reducing the risk, but they have a theory that the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the walnuts had something to do with it. Past research on PUFAs has shown that they help to reduce insulin sensitivity which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes. Walnuts also contain protein, antioxidants, fiber, and plant sterols which may contribute to fighting the diabetes as well.
It is unclear the amount of walnuts that help you to reduce your risk, but eat up! Walnuts are full of great things and those who eat them generally eat healthier as a whole. Some people are scared of the fat in nuts, but they are so much better for you than eating certain meats and other foods.