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Nuts for Diabetes Prevention

separator A recent study of more than 83,000 nurses has shown that a handful of nuts or a tablespoon of peanut butter five times a week may reduce your risk of developing diabetes by 20 percent. You may think that nuts are a high fat food, so they must not be so good for you. But they contain unsaturated fat—the good kind. They also have fiber and magnesium, which can help keep your insulin and sugar levels balanced.

The study analyzed data from women ages 34 to 59. The women were followed for 16 years. The women who ate nuts did tend to have slightly healthier lifestyles than those who didn’t, but even women who had some unhealthy habits, such as smoking, still had the lower diabetes risk.

The study researchers believe the results would be the same for men.

Journal of the American Medical Association, 27 November 2002.
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