One in ten people over 40 in the UK are now living with Type 2 diabetes. There are almost one million people living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.¹ Individuals with diabetes or metabolic syndrome (conditions such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, high triglycerides and obesity), which increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Research demonstrates the importance of walnuts may play as part of a healthy diet to help manage diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Research has shown that eating walnuts can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. One study that included 117 subjects with type-2 diabetes, showed that two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for the same amount of calories from carbohydrate foods improved both blood sugar control and cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. ² Longer and larger studies are required to fully determine the possible benefit.
A registered dietitian can help you plan your meals and snacks to your calorie needs and food preferences – including the addition of walnuts to your eating plan.
2. (Diabetes Care August 2011; vol. 34, no. 8, pages 1706-1711)