TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) – If you have type 2 diabetes and want to help your heart, a new study suggests letting your diet get a little crazy.
People with type 2 diabetes who ate at least five servings of certain types of nuts decreased by about 20% their chances of suffering from heart disease, compared to people consuming less than 30%. one serving per month. A serving in the study was defined as an ounce.
About a third of five weekly servings of nuts also appear to reduce the risk of premature death from heart disease or other causes by about a third in people with type 2 diabetes.
However, not all nuts are equal. Nuts grown in trees seemed to offer more health benefits to the heart than peanuts, which grow underground.
Walnuts include nuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts and pine nuts.
"Our results suggest that consumption of nuts, especially nuts, is beneficial for the prevention of cardiovascular disease [heart disease and stroke] and premature death among diabetics, "said study author, Gang Liu, who is an associate researcher in the nutrition department of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
The study was funded by the US National Institutes of Health.
What makes nuts so healthy for diabetics?
Liu said the nuts seemed to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating nuts also seems to help lessen the inflammation and improve the health of the blood vessels.
The current study is about people with type 2 diabetes, and Liu said there is not enough research yet to find out if walnuts provide the same benefits for people with type 1 diabetes.
However, when asked if untreated nuts could benefit from the benefits of their fruits for the heart, he said: "According to our findings and existing evidence, I would say that dried fruits are beneficial for people with and without diabetes. "
Dr. Terrence Sacchi, a specialist in cardiology, acknowledged that nuts can be beneficial. "This observational study provides more evidence that certain types of nuts may have an effect on diabetes and heart disease," Sacchi said. He is the head of the cardiology department of the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York.