Eating Walnuts Could Keep Diabetes At Bay

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 17, 2013

Diabetes remains a very real concern to many people in senior living, but it seems as though there are ways individuals can reduce their risk.

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that women who consumed walnuts decreased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study's authors followed more than 138,000 women for 10 years and measured their walnut consumption. During the trials, 5,930 women developed type 2 diabetes.

The scientists noted that women who kept walnuts as part of their diet also tended to exercise and eat more fish than those who didn't. By looking at the findings, researchers pegged the decrease in diabetes risk at 24 percent.

There are actually a lot of benefits that come with eating walnuts. According to findings out of Harvard University, eating these nuts could help lower cholesterol, which could have positive effects on a person's cardiovascular health.

"Nuts may not be the key to cardiovascular health, but adding nuts to a balanced, healthful diet can take you one step away from heart disease," said Dr. Harvey B. Simon.

Incorporating walnuts into your everyday meals is easy! Try toasting walnuts on the stove and tossing them in salads, sprinkling them over green beans to add some crunch or stirring them into yogurt for a sweet and savory treat.