Walnuts could reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease in overweight adults

Researchers from the US have found that adding walnuts to the diet could help individuals who are at risk of diabetes and heart disease. Forty-six overweight adults were selected for the study. All exhibited at least one risk factor for metabolic syndrome, a precursor of diabetes and heart disease.

Half the participants were assigned to a walnut-enriched diet for 16 weeks. This involved consuming 56g of walnuts a day as a snack or with a meal. The study found that those who consumed the walnuts had improved endothelial function and reduced systolic blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of both type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. No changes in weight were observed.

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Posted: 25/09/2013 15:27:53 by Laura Keaver


 

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