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The Traveling Nut: Researchers From Around the World Explore the Impact of Almonds on the Body
Date:4/21/2009

Two New Studies Examine the Potential Impact of Almonds in People with Type 2 Diabetes

NEW ORLEANS, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from Asia, North America and Europe convened at the Experimental Biology (EB) Annual Meeting in New Orleans to present five new studies demonstrating the impact of one small nut on the body -- the almond. Researchers got to the gut and heart of the matter, presenting emerging research that explores gut hormones and the gut's role in nutrient and phytochemical absorption of almonds to examining the heart health impact of including almonds for individuals with type 2 diabetes. (1)(2)(3)(4)

The two studies examining the effect of almonds in people with type 2 diabetes explored the impact on cardiovascular risk factors. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women globally, but is of special concern for individuals with diabetes who are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than their non-diabetic counterparts.(5)(6) Previous research including nine-clinical studies have found that almonds as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol can help maintain cholesterol levels and a healthy heart. The associated heart health effects of almonds, as well as low carbohydrate content (one-ounce of almonds contains 3g of net carbohydrates) has prompted researchers to further investigate the benefit of adding almonds and other nuts to the diets of individuals with diabetes.

Almonds Help People with Type 2 Diabetes Maintain a Healthy Heart(3)

Researchers from Taipei Medical University and Tufts University collaborated on new research presented at EB that examined the effects of almonds on risk factors for cardiovascular disease among 20 Chinese type 2 diabetic patients with mildly hyperlipidemia and treated with oral hypoglycemics. Researchers measured body fat, total choles
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