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Nuts for diabetes prevention and management.

Kamil, A., C.-Y. O. Chen, 2012. Nuts for diabetes prevention and management. Journal of Food and Drug Analysis. 20(Suppl.1): 323-327.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an important preventable disease and a growing public health problem. Epidemiologic and clinical studies suggest that healthy eating, physical activity, and BW control are the main driving forces to reduce diabetes risk. Owing to their low available carbohydrate content, favorable fat and protein profile as well as phytonutrient content, nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of development and management of diabetes. Nuts, by virtue of its cardioprotective actions, have also been shown to reduce biomarkers of risk factors for diabetic complications. Although more studies are warranted, the emerging picture is that nut consumption beneficially influences diabetes risk and management beyond blood glucose control.