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Almonds are rich in many essential nutrients. Almonds have shown properties which can help in controlling blood sugar levels. Many studies and experts also suggest that almonds can bring down blood sugar levels naturally.
Senior dietitian Ruchika Jain explained, “Among all the nuts almond is one of the best. It is full of nutrients and loaded with calories as well. Almonds are a good mid time snack for a diabetic patient. The presence of magnesium makes it beneficial for diabetesand controls blood sugar levels. Few studies have been conducted recently which indicates that almonds if consumed in a good quantity for long run can help controlling blood sugars. Since cardiovascular diseases are one of the complications of diabetes. Almonds can improve cardiac health in diabetes patients and reduce their risk of heart diseases as well.”
Dr. Mahesh. D. M, Consultant, Endocrinology also added, “Almonds help control glucose levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease for people with Type 2 diabetes. It is also rich in Vitamin E and magnesium which promotes healthy bones, normal blood pressure, and good muscle and nerve function. An ounce of almonds before eating a carbohydrate meal can result in a 30 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels for patients with Type 2 diabetes. Almonds can also reduce bad cholesterol, i.e. small dense particles of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), too much of which can block the arteries.”
Dietitian Ruchika further explained that a diabetic patient should not eat salted or fried almonds which are available in the market. Raw almonds are best for a diabetic. It can be consumed early morning or as an evening snack.
“Almonds are high in calories so if you are adding almonds to your diet you need to reduce your overall calorie intake to avoid weight gain. If a diabetes patient is consuming normal calories, adding almonds will make the total calorie count extremely high. Therefore other calories should be controlled before consuming almonds to control blood sugar levels.
Creating a balance of calories and consuming almonds will definitely give positive results to a diabetic patient. It is normally recommended to consume 6-8 almonds a day but for a diabetic patient, the quantity should be more. Controlling the overall calorie count is very crucial. But the safe limit is 6-8 almonds.” Ruchika added.Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.