Sunday, June 23, 2019

Nuts, Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes

There is a lot of concern today about prediabetes. It is estimated that more than 84 million adults in America have the condition. And prediabetes is often a forerunner of type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is also often a forerunner of type 2 diabetes. And many of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are also associated with insulin resistance. Therefore, interventions that can minimize the risks for insulin resistance may minimize the risks for diabetes and prediabetes. One study indicates that eating nuts may reduce the risk of insulin resistance.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. The hormone removes sugar from the bloodstream and takes the sugar to the cells. Insulin resistance happens when cells in your body will not accept the glucose that insulin is trying to deliver. Prediabetes typically occurs when there is some insulin resistance and the pancreas is not making enough insulin to cause the cells to accept the glucose.

Eating nuts may reduce the risks of insulin resistance, therefore, reducing the prediabetes state. The study that showed that eating nuts may reduce the risks of insulin resistance was done at Pennsylvania State University. According to the researchers, “eating an average of 52g of nuts a day can reduce the likelihood of developing insulin resistance.” Further, “eating nuts was … tied to significantly reduced fasting insulin and insulin resistance … in people with prediabetes.”

Diet has always been an important part of fighting prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. And now we are learning more about those foods that might be most helpful in the fight. Indeed, if nuts can be effective in helping individual control glucose, clinicians and other providers should endeavor to work with patients to help them include nuts in their daily diet. This can be an easy addition to the diet with great health benefits.


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