How almonds can help beat diabetes

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World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14. Almonds are low on the glycemic index and have dietary fibre, riboflavin, magnesium, protein, calcium and folate which help control type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes currently affects over 425 million people worldwide, with more than 72.9 million cases of diabetes in India in 2017, with most having type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and its complications.

Lifestyle changes, including improving physical activity, losing excess weight and making important dietary changes, not only help manage type 2 diabetes but can significantly reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and even provide better long-term effects than medication. Almonds impart many cardiovascular benefits to those living with type 2 diabetes:

A study proved that whole, unroasted almonds significantly improve measures of heart health that are linked to type 2 diabetes, including:

o Waist circumference: an indicator of health risk associated with excess fat around the waist
o Waist-to-height ratio: a measure of body fat distribution
o Total cholesterol: measure of the amount of cholesterol in the blood
o Triglycerides: a form of fat in the blood that can raise risk for heart disease
o LDL cholesterol: the bad type of cholesterol that is the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries
o C-reactive protein: a measure of inflammation in the body
o Hemoglobin A1c: a measure of average blood sugar levels over a two to three month period

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