Are You Prediabetic? Almonds May be Better than Your Drugs.

photo by Ted Snider

“Reversal of prediabetes,” the researchers say in the discussion of their study, “is a holy grail of medicine.” They then go on to say that almonds normalize prediabetes as well as drugs, while being safer. That’s big news!

The study included 60 prediabetics. Half of them ate 20g, or about 17-18 almonds, before each meal.

After 3 months, there was significant improvement in weight, waist and hip circumference and body mass index in the almond group. Importantly, compared to the control group, the almond eaters also had significant improvement in fasting blood glucose, blood glucose after eating, HbA1c (the most important marker of long term blood sugar and diabetes control), insulin, insulin resistance, total cholesterol, LDL and VLDL cholesterol.

Fasting blood glucose actually normalized in 33.3% of prediabetics in the almond group versus 13.3% in the control group. Post eating glucose normalized in 76.7% of the almond group versus 23.3% of the control group. HbA1c normalized in 30% of the almond eaters versus 3.3% of the control group.

Most strikingly, 23.3% of the almond group completely normalized their glycemic state, which, the researchers point out, is comparable to the frontline drug Acarbose (25%). Almonds, though are safe: there were no adverse events in the study; Acarbose causes stomachaches, abdominal bloating or indigestion in 20-30% of people.

This study suggests that simply eating almonds 30 minutes before each major meal is as effective as drugs for treating, and even normalizing, prediabetes, with the advantage of being safer.

Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2023 Apr:54:12-22.

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