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Health Alert: Nuts Lower Risk for Diabetes

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 11:35 PM EST
INDIAN HILL, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- The next time you see your primary care doctor, and you know that diabetes runs in your family, you might want to have a conversation about ways to lower your risk.

A study from Tufts University found to lower your risk for diabetes you need to see your doctor regularly, watch your weight, balance blood sugars, get regular activity, but also get more of a nutrient called magnesium. 

They suggest three different kinds of nuts.  We stopped at the offices of Group Health with our friends from TriHealth to tell you more about this research. The study found those who got more of the nutrient magnesium had a 40 percent reduced risk of getting diabetes, compared to those with far less this nutrient.

Those nuts recommended include almonds, cashews and pine nuts.  Researchers say they don't know why this appears to work, but nut eaters do have less waist weight, which also can reduce diabetes risk.

This won't replace the other lifestyle recommendations, but is one more thing that you could do when it comes to reducing risk.

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