Pre-diabetics might benefit from adding almonds to their diet, according to a June 2010 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Almonds lower the risk of developing the chronic decrease, reports Rillara News. While the nuts aren't a fail-proof prevention method, it can't hurt to eat the unsalted ones daily -- they at least reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Michelle Wien, the study’s principal investigator, told Rillara News, “It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development.”
Two study compared two diets, both following precepts set by the American Diabetes Association. One diet was enriched with almonds; the other was devoid of them. Sixteen weeks later, the researchers found that insulin sensitivity and LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) in participants on the almond-heavy diet (they ingested almonds to cover a fifth of their caloric needs) were significantly lower. High insulin and LDL cholesterol rates increase the possibility of a pre-diabetic progressing to Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
Study participants in New Jersey at the University of Medicine and Dentistry averaged between 50 and 60 years of age. Of the 82 participants, 65 were women.