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Swedish Teens with More Folic Acid in Diet Show Better Grades

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A small study conducted with Swedish teenagers has shown that those whose diets had more folic acid (a B vitamin) got better school grades than others with lower folic acid levels. The research was published in the journal Pediatrics. This should not prompt US parents to add folic acid to their kids’ diets, however, says Deborah O’Connor, a nutrition researcher at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada, who was not involved with the Swedish study.

“There is very little deficiency of folic acid in North America,” she explained. “If you’re already sufficient, there is not a lot of evidence that taking more supplements will help.” She said that it may be that the Swedish kids were folic acid-deficient, with levels lower than that typical for North American children.

Because folic acid deficiency in pregnant women can cause serious birth defects, folate enrichment of various common foods is prevalent throughout North America, meaning that most of the population is thought to be getting enough. Folates occur naturally in green leafy vegetables and legumes like peas and beans.

Dr. Torbjorn Nilsson of Orebro University Hospital and his team say that the Swedish study breaks some new ground in explicitly looking at school achievement as related to folate in the diet. Sweden was not requiring folate fortification during the study period, and the subjects did not use supplements to any significant degree.The project followed 386 ninth graders at the end of the school year, and tabulated their grades from ten core classes as well as the amount of folate in their diets.

Those who were in the top 1/3 for folic acid consumption (more than 253 mcg/day for the girls, 335 mcg/day for the boys) scored average grades of 139 out of a possible 200. The students in the bottom third (less than 173 mcg/day for girls, 227 for boys) showed an average of just 120. These results were not affected when researchers accounted for gender, smoking, maternal education, and the schools attended.

Debra O’Connor said that the findings are “pretty significant”, although she cautioned that studies of this type don’t address other possible causative factors. “It’s not a randomized controlled trial, so you always wonder, are there other things going on that you weren’t able to control for? Like most studies, it probably raises more questions than it answers.”

The Institute of Medicine’s “Dietary Reference Intakes” lists the U.S. recommended levels for children 9 to 13 years as 300 mcg per day from food and supplements, 400 mcg/day for children 14 and above, and 600 mcg/day for pregnant women.

SOURCE: bit.ly/cxXOG Pediatrics, online July 11, 2011.

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Smoke Cigarettes And Your Child Will Have Behaviour Problems

Behavior Problems in Children and Second-hand Smoke at Home

Children who come from households where second-hand smoke is present may have a greater risk of behavior and learning problems than kids from non-smoking homes, according to a new study which has appeared in the journal Pediatrics . The US study examined 55,000-plus children under the age of 12, of whom 6% came from a home with at least one smoker. That 6% were more likely than the others in the group to have been identified as having a learning disability, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a “conduct disorder”.

Hillel R. Alpert of Harvard School of Public Health, one of the researchers, explained that the study was designed to take other possible factors, such as parents’ incomes and education levels, into account, but that even allowing for such factors, second-hand smoke still correlated to increased risk of behavior difficulties. The study did not, he explained, prove that secondhand smoke exposure is the cause, since factors that were not accounted for could be having an effect.

For example, the study gathered no information about mothers’ smoking while pregant with the children. Maternal smoking during pregancy has been related to higher risk of learning and behavioral problems. Another consideration is that smoking parents may be more likely to have the same kind of problems themselves.

Second-hand smoke has already been identified by health experts as causing higher risk of respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as sudden infant death syndrome. They advise parents to protect their children from exposure. Alpert said his team’s results may give parents yet another reason to shield their kids..

The results arise from a broad survey conducted in 2007, questioning parents of over 55,000 children under 12 years. The 6% of parents reporting that a smoker was in the household, extrapolated out to the population as a whole, means that almost 5 million U.S. children experience second-hand smoke in their homes. About 20% of the parents in the smoking group were more likely to report learning problems, ADHD, or conduct disorder (antisocial, aggressive behavior) in their kids, compared to less than 9% of parents in the non-smoking group..

After accounting for race, poverty, maternal education level and other possible contributors, the results showed that second-hand smoked linked to a 51% higher risk of the child suffering one of these disorders.

The study had limitations, like its reliance on parental reporting, that were acknowledged by the researchers. It also did not address the scientific problem of how second-hand tobacco smoke might be bringing on these problems. One speculation is that the smoke may interact with chemicals in the immature, developing brain.

Alpert stated that, whatever the causative factors behind his team’s findings may be, the results reinforce the urgent message to protect kids. “We still have 5 million children exposed to second-hand smoke at home,” he said. “A lot of progress has been made in reducing that number, but there’s still a lot left to be done.”

In the same journal, another study suggests a relationship between children’s attitudes toward their parents’ second-hand smoke and the probability of becoming smokers themselves. The project studied 165 preteens from poor households with smokers. The kids who considered secondhand smoke “unpleasant or gross” had 78% less high-risk attitudes for taking up smoking.

The study did not follow the kids to see if they did become smokers or not, but recorded their current opinions about whether they wanted to try it later in life. The researchers wrote that the results suggest that there’s a relationship between children’s level of sensitivity (or lack of sensitivity) to secondhand smoke and their risk for becoming smokers later on.

SOURCE: bit.ly/okML5i and bit.ly/oV5bDJ Pediatrics, online July 11, 2011.

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This Herb Will Help Your Anxiety and Boost Your Mental Performance…

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Herb Lemon Balm Relieves Anxiety, Improves Mental Performance

Anxiety and stress in our daily lives are responsible for a range of problems beyond the immediate discomfort they cause – they contribute to heart disease, mental impairment, and diabetes. The commonest approach to treatment is the many drugs offered by pharmaceutical companies to alleviate symptoms. But most health-conscious people, wary of side effects and the possibility of addiction, would prefer to steer clear of them.

Fortunately, there are alternatives, particularly extracts of naturally occurring botanical elements. One of these, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), has proven to be as effective for anxiety as a leading synthetic prescription drug.

Lemon balm has been used by physicians since ancient times to reduce anxiety and agitation and promote sleep. Lemon balm extract cannot be patented, which has led to its properties being ignored by drug companies.

Animal studies on the effects of lemon balm have been conducted, however. One project administered low doses to mice being exposed to laboratory stress situations such as unfamiliar environments, and showed a decrease in anxious behaviors. Higher doses showed analgesic effects. Lemon balm extracts caused mice to sleep that had been given very small, non-sleep-inducing, amounts of regular sedative drugs.

More recently, a project studying the sedatives herbal preparations used in Lebanese traditional medicine showed that extract of lemon balm is able to bind to brain receptors that trigger relaxation.

Benefits of Melissa officianalis shown in human studies

In the last several years, a mass of research results from around the world has accumulated about lemon balm and its ability to reduce anxiety and alleviate mood disorder in humans. They agree with the experience of herbal practitioners: lemon balm, combined with other botanical agents is effective in ameliorating stress-related illness.

A double-blind study in 2004 used a combination of lemon balm and other herbal extracts reputed to quell anxiety, in lozenge form. Sixteen volunteers took either placebos or the lozenges in two doses, two hours apart, and had their brain wave patterns traced just before, just after, and at different intervals after the dosage. Those taking the lozenges showed significant increases in the alpha waves associated with the relaxed state. At the same time, they also showed increased activity in the brain waves associated with attentiveness. This suggests that the preparation in the lozenges helped the participants deal calmly with stress without loss of alertness or cognitive ability.

The same year, another study tested for the effects of lemon balm on people undergoing stress in a lab environment. The group of 18 volunteers were given either lemon balm extract (at 300 or 600 mgs) or a placebo. Mood assessment was made before the dose and one hour afterward, by using a standard stress simulation test. In addition, their cognitive responses were monitored. The higher lemon balm dose reduced the stress of the test, with markedly better levels of alertness and calm mood reported by the subjects. Even the 300 mg dose was associated with significantly better speed in solving the test’s math problems, with no loss of accuracy.

Clinical trial of lemon balm for insomnia and anxiety

Recently, 20 volunteers who suffer from sleep disturbance and anxiety took part in a clinical study of lemon balm for stress reduction, with excellent results. Either a placebo or a special lemon balm preparation, 300 mg per dose, was taken twice daily. After 15 days, the subjects taking lemon balm showed by self-report a 49% reduction in anxiety, 72% less anxiety-related physical symptoms, and 39% less insomnia. Those receiving placebos had no significant changes in their insomnia or anxiety.

These results are important evidence of lemon balm’s stress-reduction qualities; what’s more, the benefits showed clearly about two weeks after treatment was started. The subjects taking lemon balm experienced better sleep, but there was no undesirable drowsiness during the day – which suggests that it may be the anti-stress qualities of the herb that restores healthful sleep patterns.

Effects on cognition and attention

Another study by the same research team was published shortly thereafter that gave evidence of other lemon balm benefits. Another group of 20 volunteers took single doses (at 600, 1000, and 1600 mg) once a week. Cognition was tested just before, just after, and at one-, three-, and six-hour intervals after consumption. Participants were much calmer than their starting level and gave much better cognitive performances at each time interval after the highest dosage, whereas the lower doses showed improvements at lower levels. The researchers, using a laboratory model, were able to show that lemon balm binds with receptors in the brain (cholinergic receptors) in the occipital cortex. These receptors are altered in those with Alzheimer’s and age-related cognition deficits, and the effects of the lemon balm extract may be able to benefit them.

New and encouraging data has become available that supports the concept of lemon balm enhancing cognition in those suffering age-related cognitive decline. Such decline is often accompanied by stress and anxiety, and the anti-stress properties of lemon balm may also be useful in bettering these problems.

European scientific body recommends lemon balm

The tension-soothing and mind-clarifying properties of lemon balm are not its only qualities. It has enjoyed a reputation for centuries for improving symptoms such as bloating and gas, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, earaches, toothaches, and headaches. The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (therapy using botanical products) has officially recommended lemon balm for treating tension, irritability and restlessness.

Source: Life Extension Foundation www.lef.org. Original article by Tiesha D. Johnson, RN, BSN

Have Diabetes And On Dialysis? HbA1c test is not reliable…

Trusted Standard Glucose Test Not Best for Dialysis Patients

June 1, 2011. The most commonly used and trusted glucose monitoring test for diabetics – the hemoglobin HbA1c test — has been shown to be of limited value for dialysis patients, says a new study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This study is scheduled for publication in the July issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Accurate blood sugar monitoring is essential for proper management of diabetes. The HbA1c test measures average blood suger levels over the 3 months prior to the test. It has long been considered reliable by patients and the medical community.

Although the HbA1c test is approved as an accurate tool for diabetes diagnosis by the American Diabetes Association, the discovery of its shortcomings for diabetic patients with advanced kidney disease is a recent finding by kidney specialists. A different test, called the glycated albumin or GA assay, is preferable in such patients.

Barry I. Freedman, M.D., John H. Felts III Professor and lead investigator in the new study said, “Many organs don’t function properly in severe kidney failure. For example, most dialysis patients have anemia, with fewer red blood cells than they should, which has a dramatic impact on the accuracy of the HbA1c reading.”

The HbA1c test works by reading the amount of blood sugar that interacts with the red blood cell hemoglobin in the bloodstream. This can only be accurate if the cells have normal lifespans, which is not the case for dialysis patients. Their red cells are short-lived, and this leads to lower HbA1c values.

Freedman explained, “Doctors long thought the HbA1c predicted outcomes in . This test is not predictive of outcomes in diabetes patients with kidney disease on dialysis. Dialysis patients and physicians get a false sense of security because their lower HbA1c actually relates to shorter red cell survival, yet suggests diabetes control is better than it really is.”

There are almost 500,000 persons on dialysis in the U.S., almost half of whom because of diabetes-caused kidney failure. Globally, diabetes accounts for the majority of kidney failure, and the death rates are high. Over 20% of those on dialysis die annually. Obviously, accurate blood sugar monitoring is needed for these patients.

In the Wake Forest study, Freedman and associates looked at over 400 diabetic dialysis patients. Normal treatment and HbA1c testing was uninterrupted, but the patients agreed to GA testing at 3 month intervals for an average period of 2.3 years-plus. The GA test, which was developed by Tokyo-based Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation, tests blood sugar levels over the 17 day period before the test in contrast to the HbA1c test’s 3-month average. The GA, therefore is more accurate where rapid changes are occurring. It is currently used in Japan, South Korea, and China, but does not have FDA approval in the US.

The research compared the GA and the HbA1c test findings to discover their comparative value in predicting hospitalizations and survival. The HbA1c test was not a good predictor of these outcomes, while the GA produced good predictions for hospitalizations and patient survival. “This is the first study showing that a blood sugar test predicts risk of death in diabetic dialysis patients, as well as risk of hospitalization,” Freedman said. “This test provides the missing link that will allow dialysis patients and physicians to accurately gauge risk. The association is clear: high GA readings predict higher risk.”

Freedman’s advice to physicians is to place little reliance on the HbA1c test for their dialysis patients, but to directly monitor glucose with multiply daily readings until the GA test becomes available in the US.

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Folates in Diet and Reduced Colorectal Cancer Risk

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July 6, 2011. A diet that includes high levels of the water soluble B vitamin called folate may lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer. This is the finding of a new study published in Gastroenterology, the journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Victoria Stevens, PhD, of the American Cancer Society and lead author of this study, said. “We found that all forms and sources of folate were associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer. The strongest association was with total folate, which suggests that total folate intake is the best measure to define exposure to this nutrient because it encompasses all forms and sources.” Total folate is the inclusive term for naturally occurring folates in food, and folic acid in dietary supplements and fortified foods.

The study followed over 99,000 persons in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort, charting their folate consumption and the incidence of colorectal cancer. Just over 1,000 participants were found to have colorectal cancer in the 1999-2007 period, after folate fortification of foods began. The first 2 years of follow-up, 1999-2001, showed no change in risk, while statistically significant inverse associations appeared in the years 2002-2007.

These findings are confirming evidence of the relation between high folate consumption and lowered risk of colorectal cancer, adding to similar findings from other research. One unique aspect of this study, however, is that it followed natural folate intake and folic acid intake separately. Earlier research that tabulated folate forms separately only distinguished different sources (diet versus supplements), not the chemical forms.

Another area covered by this study was the often-expressed concern that high folate consumption, which is common in the U.S. due to increasing use of supplements and legislation requiring folate fortification, might cause increased cancer risk

Folates are necessary nutrients that the body uses to produce elements needed for cell growth, including the production and repair of DNA. Because of this relationship to cell growth and cell differentiation, any possible relationship between folate levels and cancer, which is characterized by abnormal cell growth, has been carefully studied, particularly in relation to colorectal cancer.

Since no increased colorectal cancer was found to occur in persons with the highest folate intakes, the study suggests that this vitamin does not lead to higher cancer rates.

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Anxiety Disorders: Common Mental Illnesses

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The term “mental illness” covers a range of disorders that make themselves known by causing unwelcome changes in emotions, behavior, and thoughts. They can affect relationships with other people, and reactions to one’s surroundings. The level of severity can go from barely noticeable to disabling. Sufferers often find it difficult or impossible to deal with ordinary tasks and responsibilities.

Anxiety disorders

It’s normal to be anxious or uneasy when we encounter a challenge – anything from an exam to deciding to get married or look for a new job. But anxiety disorders are a different matter – serious illnesses that can bring normal life to a standstill.

Anxiety disorder patients react inappropriately to particular situations with a powerful fear response, including racing heartbeat, sweating, etc., that incapacitates them. It’s the inappropriateness and severity of the reaction  – which can be set off by something as simple as going out the front door, or hearing a particular noise – and the lack of control over the fear that leads to a diagnosis of anxiety disorder. There are effective therapies which should be begun as soon as possible, since this type of illness often worsens over time.

The different recognized types of anxiety disorder include:

  • –          Panic disorder. The patient repeatedly experiences abrupt bouts of fear or panic that come on without any warning. The physical symptoms can be palpitating heartbeat, chest pains, sudden sweating, and choking sensations, and the person may feel as if they’re losing their mind, or having a heart attack.
  • –          Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This illness causes the sufferer to be repeatedly plagued by fears or unpleasant thoughts that compel them to ritualized actions. The classic example is the person obsessed with a horror of contamination by germs, who responds with constant hand-washing.
  • –          Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This illness occurs after the person has undergone a traumatic or horrifying experience, for example the sudden death of a loved one, a sexual or physical attack, an auto crash, a natural disaster. Patients will often suffer from vivid and terrifying memories and thoughts, reliving the event. They tend otherwise to show emotional numbness.

The definition of an anxiety attack

The experience of a true anxiety attack is different from the normal “keyed-upness” and tense alertness in unusual circumstances which is part of our basic survival equipment.

Anxiety attacks seem to come out of nowhere, with no relation to anything actually happening in the person’s environment. They are usually of a few minutes’ duration, and show at least four of these symptoms:

  • –          panting or shortness of breath
  • –          racing pulsae
  • –          dizziness
  • –          sweating
  • –          sensation of choking
  • –          nausea or abdominal distress
  • –          chest discomfort
  • –          numbness/tingling sensations
  • –          fear of going insane, dying, or loss of control

Who may suffer an anxiety disorder?

National Institute of Mental Health figures show that about 3.5% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. The commonest age group affected is the late teens and early twenties, and the problem may recur in episodes over periods of years. This type of illness is twice as common in women as in men. The difference between the sexes may be partially due to such factors as:

  • –          genetic predisposition
  • –          effects of the menstrual cycle
  • –          diet and nutrition
  • –          insufficient sleep
  • –          allergens
  • –          postpartum difficulties
  • –          gender differences in patterns of medical and psychiatric conditions
  • –          psychosocial factors
  • –          other lifestyle factors

Natural treatments for anxiety

Anxiety disorder patients are often prescribed anti-anxiety medications. The downside to these drugs is their tendency to cause dependency, as patients develop tolerance to them in a fairly short time.

The medication will treat the disturbing symptoms of the disorder, but has no effect on the underlying problem. If you are a patient on a prescription for an anxiety disorder you may want to seriously consider natural remedies. Even though the drug companies and some medical doctors may leave you with the impression that your options are limited to either enduring the illness or using anti-anxiety drugs, this is not the case. Many alternatives are available for those who doesn’t want to be medication dependent, or are seeking a natural, long-lasting solution.

The first thing to do is look at some everyday factors that are known to make things worse for anxiety patients. Caffeine, for instance, should be either cut out or sigificantly reduced, as it’s a stimulant that can, in sufficient amounts, cause anxiousness even in non-sufferers. Other commonplace anxiety producers include stress, sugar intake, some food allergies, and nutritional deficiencies.

After taking such factors into account, your next step may be to learn more about the natural, non-drug therapies that are available. More, improved methods for helping anxiety sufferers are being developed by researchers. To discuss natural therapy for anxiety, call Dr. Robert 201.618.3534 … Dr. Robert’s Natural Health Services For Anxiety .. Click Here.

What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as spastic colon, is a condition in which the intestinal muscles go into spasm. It can be caused by food sensitivities, caffeine,  and other drugs. It can also be caused by malabsorption of sugars – lactose in milk, fructose content in fruit juices, and dried fruit, and sorbitol and xylitol used in dietetic products; or as the result of a bacterial imbalance in the colon.

Symptoms include alternating diarrhea and constipation, distended colon, pain, gas, loss of appetite and nausea. Stress can exacerbate the condition. The most common food offenders are wheat and corn cereals, dairy, coffee, and chocolate. Eating a high fiber diet is recommended to help alleviate symptoms.

What Exactly Is Cancer?

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The term cancer is used for diseases were abnormal cells divide without control and are able to attack other tissues. Cancer cells spread throughout the body by the blood and lymph systems.

Cancer is not just a single disease but many diseases. It is documented that there are more than 100 different kinds of cancer. Cancers are usually named after the organ or type of cell in which they start. Example, cancer that begins in basal cells of the skin is called basal cell carcinoma and cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer.

The main categories of cancer include:

  • Carcinoma is a type of cancer that starts in the skin or in tissues that cover internal organs.
  • Myeloma or Lymphoma are cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system.
  • Leukemia is a cancer that begins in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood.
  • Sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue.
  • Central nervous system cancers are cancers that begin in the tissues of the spinal cord or brain.

The body’s basic unit of life is a cell and this is where all cancers begin. The human body is made up of many different types of cells. Cells grow and multiply in a controlled manner to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body strong and healthy. When cells become damaged or old they die and are replaced with new cells.

However, sometimes this controlled process goes haywire. The genetic material called DNA of a cell can become changed or damaged. This produces mutations that change normal cell growth and division. When this occurs, cells do not die when they’re supposed to and new cells form when the body does not require them. These extra cells can form a mass of tissue called a tumor.

Not every tumor becomes cancerous; tumors can be benign or malignant. Tumors that are benign aren’t cancerous. Often they are removed and in the majority of cases, they do not come back and do not spread to other parts of the body.

In contrast malignant tumors are cancerous. The cells in these tumors can attack nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. When cancer spreads from one part of the body to another it is called metastasis. Some types of cancers do not form tumors. For example, leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood.

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An Aspirin A Day May Lower Cancer Death Risk

People who consumed aspirin regularly may cut their risk of dying from certain cancers by as much as 21%. This is the first study that showed daily aspirin use can cut the risks of dying from other cancers, not just colon cancer which previous studies have shown.

Eric Jacobs, PhD, American Cancer Society strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology stated, “This study provides important new evidence that long-term daily aspirin use may lower deaths from certain cancers in addition to colon cancer.”

 

The study which followed 25,570 patients for 9 years was led by researchers from John Radcliffe Hospital and the University of Oxford and was based on data from 8 clinical trials.

After 5 years, the researchers discovered that patients who were taking aspirin regularly had a 21% lower risk of dying from cancer compared to those not taking it. At 20 year follow-ups, the aspirin group had 20% fewer deaths from solid tumor cancers than non users.

The decrease in deaths for specific cancers was:

  • 30% for lung cancer
  • 40% for colorectal cancer
  • 60% for esophageal cancer.

Based on the research, it wasn’t clear whether breast, prostate, brain and pancreatic cancers gained the same protective effect.

The study showed this benefit regardless of age, sex, smoking status or aspirin dose. The positive effect appeared to increase the longer patients were taking the aspirin. The study did have a few limitations. Only one-third of the study participants were women, so it’s not clear whether aspirin has any effect on gynecological or breast cancers.

Source: “Effect of daily aspirin on long-term risk of death due to cancer: analysis of individual patient data from randomized trials.” Published December 7, 2010 in The Lancet. First author: Peter M. Rothwell, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

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Control Your Type 2 Diabetes And Cholesterol By Eating Nuts…

New research from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto demonstrate that eating nuts every day will help control Type 2 diabetes and complications.

The research was published in the journal, Diabetes Care and showed that consuming two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates (pasta, bread, rice, cereals, etc) proved effective at blood sugar control and serum lipid (cholesterol) control for people suffering Type 2 diabetes.

In the study the researchers used mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts which all had benefits for controlling blood sugar and lipids and can be part of a strategy to improve diabetes without weight gain.

The researchers gave three different dietary interventions to subjects with Type 2 diabetes. One group was given a mixture of nuts, including raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts and macadamias, and one group was given a mixture of muffins and nuts, while one group was just given muffins.

The participants given only the nuts reported the greatest improvement in blood glucose control using the glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test. The nut only participants also experienced a decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (known as LDL, or “bad cholesterol”). Participants given the muffin supplement or mixed muffin-and-nut supplement experienced no significant improvement in gylcemic control. However, those receiving the muffin-nut mixture also drastically lowered their LDL cholesterol levels.

The study shows that nuts are a good option for people with Type 2 diabetes wishing to gain better control.

Source: ScienceDaily July 2011

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