September 17, 2013

Going Nuts over Preventing T2D

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nutsA study published in Endocrinology found that foods high in arginine may enhance glucose tolerance by stimulating GLP-1.

In the study, obese and lean mice were shown to have increased GLP-1 secretion after an oral argenine load. GLP-1 helps to regulate insulin and glucose. GLP-1 helps regulate insulin, glucose, and gastric emptying.

This study found that in subjects with glucose intolerance, the oral ingestion arginine helps to mitigate the after meal glucose rise. Researchers believe that this may be a valuable insight to using dietary adjustments to curtail the early symptoms of T2D.

High sources of argenine in foods are found in meats, spinach, lentils, and nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts.

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