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Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2008 Dec;10(6):529-35.

Nuts as part of a healthy cardiovascular diet.

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Department of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 6141 University Hospital, 750 E. Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.


The increasing trend of obesity has been associated with a greater prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and may lead to more vascular disease. Nuts, a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids and fiber, have been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. Numerous studies have demonstrated that nuts favorably affect serum lipids. They also exhibit a number of nonlipid benefits, including improved weight management, greater insulin sensitivity, and favorable endothelial effects, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. Incorporating nuts into the diets of more people may lead to a variety of cardiovascular benefits.

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