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A daily handful of Brazil, cashew or pistachios nuts slashes diabetics' risk of a heart attack or stroke by a third, according to new research.
Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, is the leading cause of illness and mortality in those with the common metabolic disorder.
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A study found patients who ate an ounce of the snack food five days a week were 34 and 17 percent less likely to die from or develop the condition, respectively.
This would equate to about seven walnuts or 24 almonds, for instance - compared to those who ate less than a single serving a month.
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Tree nuts - which also include pine nuts, pecans, macadamias and hazelnuts - were the most protective.
Regular nut consumption also reduced the risk of coronary heart disease such as hardening of the arteries by 20 percent - and dying from any cause by 31 percent.
Author - Dr - Gang - Liu - Scientist
Lead author Dr Gang Liu, a nutritional scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, said: 'Our findings provide new evidence that supports the recommendation of including nuts in healthy dietary patterns for the prevention of cardiovascular disease complications and premature deaths among individuals with diabetes.'
What's more, even when people were in the habit of eating nuts before their diabetes diagnosis, adding more to their diet proved beneficial probably at any age or stage.
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Compared with people who did not change their nut-eating habits they were 25 and 27 percent less likely to die from CVD or suffer a premature death, respectively.
They also reduced their risk of developing CVD or coronary heart disease by 11 and 15 percent, respectively.
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Each additional serving per week of total nuts was linked with a six and three per cent lower risk of CVD death or developing the condition, respectively.
Dr Liu said: 'It seems never too late to improve diet and...
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