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It's A Double Celebration of Health!

Dietitian E-Newsletter for November 2021

10/29/2021

There’s a double reason to celebrate in November: not only is it American Diabetes Month, it’s National Skin Health Month, too!

According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adult have prediabetes – and 84% don’t even know they have it, putting them at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Take a look below at the summary of a recent study that examined the effect among young Indian adults with prediabetes of including a twice-daily snack of almonds.

And don’t forget to check out our handouts – including two recent ones on different areas of skin health. Speaking of skin health, the Almond Board of California provided an unrestricted grant for a podcast episode on diet and skin health through the American Academy of Dermatology. Listen in to learn more about research on almonds and skin health, as well as other foods. Finally, if you missed seeing us at FNCE, you still have an opportunity to get one of every dietitian’s favorite Perfect Portion Tin. Read on to find out how to order!

RECIPE: Spicy Sriracha Almonds

Spicy sriracha almonds

Sample Post:  If you love sriracha, you’ll love these tasty almonds. Sriracha rocketed from unknown Thai condiment to one of the most loved flavors! The base of this deliciousness is made from red jalapeños peppers, yet it’s only moderately spicy compared to other pepper sauces.

FNCE Thank You

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at FNCE. We loved “seeing” you! If you missed us, be sure to check out our handouts that you can download for use with your patients and clients, and check out our Diet and Skin Health webinar (providing 1 hour CPE).  Reminder that our booth – like all of FNCE – is open until June 2021 so if you’re a FNCE registrant, stop by and check out all of our offerings. For those who couldn’t make it to FNCE, we have a limited number of tins still available. Click here to order. Please note that we can only send one tin per person and to US addresses only. While the virtual meeting and connecting at our booth was fun, we are really looking forward to seeing you at FNCE in person next year in Orlando! 

American Academy of Dermatology Podcast

Tune in to this podcast featuring dermatologist Dr. Ranjani Katta as she delves into diet and nutrition research related to all aspects of skin health – from wrinkles to eczema, acne to rosacea and more. To access, download the Dialogues in Dermatology app on your mobile device and find the “Eating Well? The Link Between Nutrition and Your Skin’s Health” episode.

AAD Podcast on Skin Health

RESEARCH UPDATE:  New Study Examines Almond Consumption Among Those with Prediabetes

A new study1, funded by the Almond Board of California, showed that almond snacking helped improve glucose metabolism in adolescents and young adults with prediabetes. The first study of its kind, it aimed to determine the effect of almond consumption on factors of metabolic dysfunction in 275 participants (aged 16-25 years old), who resided in Mumbai, India. At the start of the trial, participants’ weight, height, and waist and hip circumferences were measured and fasting blood samples were taken. Participants also underwent a glucose tolerance test and their lipid profiles were assessed.

The almond group (n=107) ate 56 grams (about 2 one-ounce servings, or ~340 calories) of unroasted almonds every day for three months and the control group (n=112) ate a calorie-matched savory snack commonly consumed by this age group in India. Both snacks accounted for ~20% of participants’ total calorie intake.

Throughout the duration of the study, participants were monitored to ensure they were compliant in eating their snacks. At the end of the study, participants completed dietary intake assessments and the same measurements and blood tests were performed again. Results showed:

  • Significant decrease in HbA1c in the almond group compared to the control group. Improving blood sugar levels at the pre-diabetes stage may help prevent or delay the development of diabetes. 
  • Significant decrease in total cholesterol and “bad” LDL-cholesterol, while maintaining “good” HDL-cholesterol levels among the almond snackers compared to those in the control group.
  • Inflammatory markers (TNF-α and IL-6) decreased in the almond group and increased in the control group, but this was not a statistically significant result.
  • There were no changes in measures of weight, height, waist or hip circumferences or biochemical markers, nor macronutrient intake between the almond group and the control from the start to post-intervention.

“Lifestyle changes including improved nutrition and exercise targeted at teens and young adults have the potential to halt the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Results from this study show that the change does not have to be a major one – simply including a twice-daily snack of almonds can make a difference. The study results are very promising in showing how almonds improved total and LDL-cholesterol levels and reduced HbA1c levels in just 12 weeks of consumption,” said principal investigator, Dr. Jagmeet Madan PhD, Professor and Principal, Sir Vithaldis Thackersey College of Home Science (Autonomous), SNDT Women’s University (Mumbai).

Limitations of the study include that participants could not be blinded. Further, nutritional intervention studies can also trigger behavioral changes in both groups, as the participants are made aware of their risk during the recruitment process. Further research is needed to investigate the effects of almond consumption on the same measures in other age groups and of different ethnicities. Click here to read the full study.

1. Madan J, Desai S, Moitra P, Salis S, Agashe S, Battalwar R, Mehta A, Kamble R, Kalita S, Phatak AG, Udipi SA, Vaidya RA and Vaidya AB (2021) Effect of Almond Consumption on Metabolic Risk Factors—Glucose Metabolism, Hyperinsulinemia, Selected Markers of Inflammation: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Adolescents and Young Adults. Front. Nutrients. 8:668622. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2021.66862.