The Satisfying Snack that Helps Diabetics Live Longer
Diabetes is an epidemic in the U.S.
More than a third of the population now has the blood sugar disease or its precursor, prediabetes. That’s more than 114 million Americans.
Diabetes is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer.
What most people don’t realize is that diabetes itself isn’t what usually kills diabetics. More than two out of three people with diabetes will die from a heart attack or stroke.
But a major Harvard study shows that one food has the potential to save many of them.
High Blood Sugar? Eating This Can Be Lifesaving
Dr. Gang Liu and his colleagues at Harvard University analyzed diet information from 16,217 diabetes patients. Special attention was given to their consumption of nuts.
There were 3,356 cases of heart disease and 789 strokes among the study subjects.
The researchers found that subjects who ate an ounce of nuts five days a week were:
- 17% less likely to get heart disease.
- 34% less likely to die of it.
- 20% less likely to suffer hardening of the arteries.
- 31% less likely to die of any cause.
And the more nuts you eat, the better. Every additional serving of nuts per week lowers risk of cardiovascular death by 6%, the study found.
Nuts helped even elderly diabetics avoid heart problems. Dr. Liu said, “It seems never too late to improve diet and lifestyle after diagnosis among individuals with type 2 diabetes.”
Exposed: The Mainstream Myth About Nuts
For years, mainstream doctors warned patients not to eat nuts because
they thought they were fattening. But the Harvard team reports that nuts may be the closest thing there is to a wonder-food.
They reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar, and control blood pressure.
Nuts protect the hearts of non-diabetics as well. Studies have found that people who eat nuts several times a week have a 30-50% lower risk of heart attack or sudden cardiac death.
The unsaturated fats in nuts help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. Nuts also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent blood clots and erratic heart rhythms.
Peanuts were included in the Harvard study, although they are technically legumes rather than nuts. But tree nuts were found to have the strongest heart-protective effects.
These include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, pecans, macadamias, and hazelnuts.
To reap the benefits found in the study, eat at least a handful (about an ounce) a day.
Editor’s Note: The diabetes epidemic gets a lot of publicity. But what doctors won’t tell you is that there’s another, hidden epidemic that plagues people with blood sugar issues. It has taken thousands of lives. And it’s actually caused by drugs that are supposed to treat diabetes. To get all the details, read our monthly newsletter Independent Healing. GO HERE.