Numerous techniques may have been implemented by various studies to keep a check on the diet of a Type-2 diabetic patient. However not all of these techniques many have yielded the desired result.
In a previously reported news report we had illustrated the findings of a team of experts which had stated that African tea may be useful in the treatment of Type-2 diabetes. Similarly, a novel study has now been conducted by the investigators from the University of Wollongong. They have seemingly discovered that the daily consumption of the right kind of fats may aid a Type-2 diabetic patient in keeping a check on their diet.
For the purpose of better understanding this criterion the investigators conducted a study on about 50 overweight adult subjects. All of these subjects were said to suffer from non-insulin treated diabetes. It was stated that all these subjects were made to follow a balanced low-fat diet for a period of 12 months. These subjects were divided into two groups, where one group received walnuts in their diet while the other group had to merely follow a low-fat diet.
Within three months, the investigators were stated to have observed that the subjects which were daily fed with about 30 grams of walnuts had a relatively higher amount of good fat in their diet as compared to the ones who were not given walnuts.
Lead investigator, Professor Linda Tapsell, Director of the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong, says that, “As whole foods, the walnuts also delivered fiber vitamin E and other components with anti oxidant activity. The walnut group also showed improvements in insulin levels and this may have been due to the presence of good fats in the diet.”
All the subjects were seemingly provided with a healthy balanced diet with low intake of saturated fats. The only difference was that the first group of subjects due to their intake of walnuts had more unsaturated fat in their diet.
Professor Tapsell explains that, “Eating low fat is good but this study shows that including key foods that deliver the right type of fat – in this case walnuts — is also important.”
She concludes by saying that their present study findings support the claim made by their previous studies on the topic.
This study titled, “Long-term effects of increased dietary polyunsaturated fat from walnuts on metabolic parameters in type 2 diabetes,” has been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.