Ethiopia says US, EU, French teams helping analyse crash black boxes    Trump says US recognizes Israeli control of Golan Heights    Fitch upgrades Egypt's credit rating to B+    Vantage working on security procedures for Jerusalem trips    New investments of EGP 6.3bn injected in Egypt during February: MIIC    Nissan willing to support Egypt's automotive policy, make Egypt an export base in region: Senior VP, Chairperson for AMI region    Cabinet approves bill to combat drug addiction among state employees    White supremacists enter the fray    Tutankhamun goes to Paris    Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets    Geography, history, future: Umbrella for Arab-African integration    South American bid favourite for 2030 World Cup: CONMEBOL    Egypt discusses plans with France's SYSTRA to build subway in Mansoura    Press Syndicate to give its opinion on SMC's sanctions list soon: Rashwan    Court sends 40 people to 3-16 years in jail for human trafficking    Alexander-Arnold out of England squad with back injury    Maguire is England's weak link, says Czech striker    Darts for all    To be continued    Greta    Egypt's squash hub    International Universities to start its next academic year in the New Capital    A Broken Window play is the latest at Taliaa Theatre, don't miss it    Mustafa Al-Razzaz's art is on show at the Gezira Arts Centre    Don't miss Asmaa Waguih's photography show at the AUC Photographic Gallery    Egypt's Parliament began national dialogue over constitutional amendments    Mohammed Ali Palace celebrates Mother's Day with royal jewellery exhibition    Google Doodle celebrates Egyptian poet Jamila Al-Alaily    National dialogue begins    New horizons    Christchurch terror    Another year for Syria?    Diaa Rashwan    Not German Christian Democrats    Witness to War and Peace: Egypt, the October War, and Beyond: English memoir of Al-Sadat's Cabinet    Russia warns of external interference in Algeria: Lavrov    Africa anticipates CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup quarter-final draws    Shoukry in Muscat for Egyptian-Omani committee    Egypt parliament provisionally approves bill on protecting personal data    Uganda releases 14 Egyptian expats after embassy intervention    Soda, sports drinks tied to higher risk of early death    Smartphone mindfulness app helps curb loneliness    Three killed in Netherlands shooting, police identify attacker    Right man for the right job    Op-ed review: Christchurch attacks, Press Syndicate's election    Borussia Dortmund's late, great victory comes with a warning    Irrigation Minister warns of water scarcity in Egypt    Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds verdict putting 169 Brotherhood members on terror list    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Eating nuts lowers heart disease risk for diabetics
Published in Ahram Online on 20 - 02 - 2019

People with diabetes who regularly eat nuts may be less likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who rarely, if ever, consume nuts, a U.S. study suggests.
Diabetics who ate at least five 28-gram (one-ounce) servings of nuts a week were 17 percent less likely to develop heart disease than people with diabetes who had no more than one serving of nuts weekly, the study found.
Even just one serving of nuts might still be good for the heart, however. For people with diabetes, adding just one extra serving of nuts a week was associated with a three percent lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and six percent lower risk of dying from heart problems.
“These data provide novel evidence that supports the recommendation of incorporating nuts into healthy dietary patterns for the prevention of cardiovascular disease complications and premature deaths among individuals with diabetes,” said lead study author Gang Liu, a nutrition researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
The study wasn't a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how nuts might protect people with diabetes against heart disease. But it's possible that nut consumption may help improve things like blood sugar control and inflammation due at least in part to nutrients in nuts like unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E and folate, and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, Liu said.
Too many nuts may not necessarily be a good thing, however.
“A handful of nuts is beneficial for heart, but it remains unclear what's the ideal serving size,” Liu said by email.
More than half of the people in the current study didn't eat nuts at all, Liu noted.
“Whether the more nuts, the better, needs more studies in populations with large range of nut consumption,” Liu said. “Despite the high energy density of nuts, there is no evidence for an association between frequent nut consumption and weight gain, possibly explained by the satiating effect of nut consumption.”
In the study, researchers used self-reported diet questionnaires from 16,217 men and women before and after they were diagnosed with diabetes and asked them about their consumption of both peanuts and tree nuts over a period of several years. All of the participants had type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, that's associated with aging and obesity.
During the study, 3,336 people were diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases. This included 2,567 cases of heart disease and 789 strokes. A total of 5,682 people died, including 1,663 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 1,297 deaths from cancer.
Nuts were still associated with a lower risk of heart disease even after researchers accounted for other risk factors for heart problems like how long patients had diabetes, obesity, eating and exercise habits, medication use, and how much they ate nuts before they were diagnosed with diabetes.
Tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts and pine nuts were more strongly linked to a lower risk of heart disease than peanuts, which are actually legumes that grow underground.
“One reason why tree nuts might be more protective is that they tend to be consumed with the skin or outer peel, in which most antioxidants reside (at least the common nuts walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts), while peanuts are usually eaten without the peel,” said Dr. Emilio Ros of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
“Also, peanuts are usually roasted and salted - the added salt might counteract the benefit from the original nut components,” Ros, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. Ros has received grants, research funding and other funds from California Walnut Commission and the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council.
A one-ounce serving of nuts is about 24 almonds, 18 cashews, 12 hazelnuts, and 14 walnut halves.
“One to one and-a-half servings (28 to 42 grams) per day is the ideal dose,” Ros advised. “In practical terms, it is best to recommend a handful (of dehulled nuts) - the bigger the hand (and the size of the owner), the bigger the dose.”
The study was published in Circulation Research.

Clic here to read the story from its source.