If you eat almonds on a regular basis, you might be decreasing your chances of developing diabetes. That’s according to a recent study by researchers from Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. According to the study, consuming an almond-rich diet may help improve insulin sensitivity and decrease LDL-cholesterol levels in those with prediabetes, a condition that is the precursor to type 2 diabetes.
The researchers looked at the effects of eating an almond-enriched diet on factors linked to the progression of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in 65 adults (48 women and 17 men, average age of 53.5) with prediabetes. They found that after 16 weeks of eating either a regular diet or an almond-enriched diet , the group that ate the diet high in almonds showed significantly improved LDL-cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity, which are risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, researchers note that although study participants in both groups were told to consume the same amount of calories from carbohydrates, those in the almond group reported less intake of carbs.
The authors of the study say these findings suggest that consuming an American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recommended diet consisting of 20 % of total calories from almonds for 16 weeks is effective in improving LDL cholesterol levels and measures of insulin sensitivity in people with prediabetes. However, they admit that more tightly controlled studies are needed to confirm these findings.