Nuts Improve Heart Health in Diabetes


Eating nuts on a near-daily basis can help reduce heart risk in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Circulation Research[1].

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Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease[2], with people who have the condition about twice as likely[3] to die from heart disease as people without diabetes. For the research, investigators looked at diet surveys from over 16,000 people before and after they were diagnosed with Type 2. Those who ate five servings of nuts weekly were found to have a 17 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who ate less than one serving weekly.

The study does not prove cause and effect, but “eating a small handful of unsalted nuts on most days will likely help your heart, even if you don’t have diabetes,” according to Harvard Heart Letter[4].

Want to learn more about nuts and diabetes? Read “Nuts and Health,”[5] “Pass the Pecans, Please!”[6] “Eating Nuts May Lengthen Life,”[7] “Going Nuts for Diabetes Control”[8] and “Going Nuts for Peanuts,”[9] then try our recipe for Hot and Spicy Nuts[10].

Endnotes:
  1. Circulation Research: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.314316
  2. increases the risk of cardiovascular disease: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/diabetes/why-diabetes-matters/cardiovascular-disease--diabetes
  3. twice as likely: https://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetes-heart-disease/index.html
  4. according to Harvard Heart Letter: https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/diabetes-go-nuts-to-lower-your-heart-risk
  5. “Nuts and Health,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/nuts-will-change-your-life/
  6. “Pass the Pecans, Please!”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/pass-the-pecans-please/
  7. “Eating Nuts May Lengthen Life,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/eating-nuts-may-lengthen-life/
  8. “Going Nuts for Diabetes Control”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/going-nuts-for-diabetes-control/
  9. “Going Nuts for Peanuts,”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/going-nuts-for-peanuts/
  10. Hot and Spicy Nuts: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/snacks-appetizers/hot-and-spicy-nuts/

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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