Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | ePaper

Nut consumption might increase blood sugar levels in diabetics

In terms of dietary composition, nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and are good sources of vegetable protein

  • Print


Weekend Plus Desk :
hile nuts are often considered the healthiest snack to munch on and are packed with a number of health benefits, a recent study from Iran has noted that nut consumption might increase blood sugar levels in diabetics. However, nuts were found to lower the risk of obesity.
In terms of dietary composition, nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), and are good sources of vegetable protein.
"Nuts incorporation into people's usual diet may have beneficial effects for individuals with lower risk, such as non-diabetic subjects," the authors stated in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.
The study, titled 'Long term association of nut consumption and cardiometabolic risk factors', involved analysis of 1,387 healthy participants within the framework of the prospective cohort of Isfahan Cohort Study for a period of 12 years. A validated food frequency questionnaire was completed and anthropometric measurements (assessing size, shape and composition of the human body), blood pressure, and fasting serum lipids and blood sugar were evaluated in three phases.
Based on the turtle of nuts consumption, cut-points and associations were evaluated between the thirds of nut intake. Compared with those in the first third, subjects in the last third were less likely to have hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and obesity, but more likely to have diabetes. 'A greater intake of nuts was associated with a lower risk of dyslipidemia in the crude model'.
"After adjustment for potential confounders, an inverse association for nut consumption and obesity, but the positive association for diabetes and nut intake was observed," concluded the authors.
Previously, based on NHS or the Nurses' Health Study which has been continuing in regular phases since 1976 in the United States, a 2002-study 'Nut and Peanut Butter Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women', was conducted by evaluating 83,818 women from 11 states as per the NHS-evaluated women aged 34 to 59 years who had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer. The study completed a validated dietary questionnaire at baseline in 1980 which was followed up for 16 years.
The authors of the study showed that nut consumption was associated with a 29 per cent decreased risk of incident diabetes mellitus. In women, a 45 per cent risk reduction was seen in those with BMI of less than 25 kg/m2, who consumed nuts five times per week.
Residual confounding by body weight was considered as a major concern by the authors. In a similar study in the male population, 'Nut Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in the Physicians' Health Study', nut consumption was not associated with incident diabetes mellitus in apparently healthy US male physicians.

More News For this Category

A walk through Kolkata’s colonial past

A walk through Kolkata’s colonial past

Panchali Dey :olonial history is in the DNA of Kolkata, and there is no denying the fact. In fact, a memorial is also dedicated to the British queen, the

Refreshing summer coolers to keep hydrated in the scorching heat

Refreshing summer coolers to keep hydrated in the scorching heat

Weekend Plus Desk :ummer is at its peak with the temperature rising to over 45 degrees, making it difficult to step outside. At such a time, it becomes extremely

New method may help predict depression in new mothers

New method may help predict depression in new mothers

Weekend Plus Desk :onitoring a woman’s relationship with her body during pregnancy may help predict how a new mother will bond with her unborn baby and whether she will

Why are there so many sufferings?

Why are there so many sufferings?

- Dr Sahjahan KabirWalking on the city streets the whole dayThe tired boy looked for little shelter,Little touch of affection and a small meal.But he got nothing, with deep

Aleksandr Pushkin

Vasily Tropinin :leksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (June 6, 1799 - February 10, 1837) was a Russian romantic writer whom most Russians consider their greatest poet and the founder of modern

 Love to be felt, not learnt

Love to be felt, not learnt

Anis Fatema :he melody began in the most sophisticated period of century. The stars craved for a new era while the birds were about to sing the welcome note.

Naturalist writer Dwijen Sharma

Naturalist writer Dwijen Sharma

Literature Desk :wijen Sharma (29 May 1929-15 September 2017) was a Bangladeshi naturalist and science writer. He was awarded Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1987 and Ekushey Padak in

From controlling diabetes to  skin care:  The health  benefits of jamun

From controlling diabetes to skin care: The health benefits of jamun

Weekend Plus Desk :easonal fruits come packed with numerous health benefits, which is why it is often recommended to include them in our diets. While there are many summer

Morning Vs Evening workout debateWeekend Plus Desk

Morning Vs Evening workout debateWeekend Plus Desk

his is one question that continues to fuel the debate for fitness lovers. Is exercise better in the morning or night? Studies say timing matters if you want optimum

Just 16-minute sleep loss may put your job  at risk

Just 16-minute sleep loss may put your job at risk

Weekend Plus Desk :osing just 16 minutes of sleep could be the difference between a clear-headed day at the office or one filled with distractions, say scientists. A study,