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Pre-Diabetes and Pistachios

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Here’s something that may help stave off diabetes, a disease which is reaching epidemic proportions. According to a new trial from Spain, people with so-called prediabetes may be able to prevent getting the full-blown disease by regularly eating pistachios.

These are people whose blood-sugar is higher than normal but not yet in the diabetes range. If they do nothing, doctors say 15 to 30 per cent will develop diabetes within five years.

In the Spanish study, people with prediabetes who ate  57 grams or about 2 ounces of pistachios daily showed significant drops in blood-sugar and insulin levels and improvements in insulin and glucose-processing. Some signs of inflammation also dropped dramatically.

The trial specifically involved pistachios, but experts think other types of nuts may be just as effective. And according to the study published in Diabetes Care, many previous studies have found encouraging evidence that eating nuts may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol.

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