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Pecan Nuts and Diabetes - Are They Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 07, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU


We've all heard that nuts are a healthy snack with numerous nutritional benefits. According to the American Diabetes Association, nuts are diabetes superfoods, especially those with high fiber content and a low glycemic index.

We'll talk about how pecan nuts can help with blood sugar levels and diabetes.

Type-1 Diabetes

According to some research, pecans may help with blood sugar control, partly due to their fiber content. Pecans do not cause a blood sugar spike due to their magnesium and fiber content and low GI. The glycemic index of pecan is 10, it is considered low GI food. To find glycemic index values of 350+ pages, visit the Glycemic index chart page.

Pecan nuts contain some soluble fiber and insoluble fiber that does not dissolve in water. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel-like substance that moves through your body undigested and slows sugar absorption. Furthermore, pecans contain linoleic acid, which aids in the improvement of insulin sensitivity and blood pressure.

According to research, consuming a serving of pecans per day can improve serum insulin, insulin resistance, and beta-cell function in at-risk adults [1] [2] [3].

In one small study of 26 adults who were overweight or obese, eating a pecan-rich diet for four weeks improved the body's ability to use insulin effectively. Furthermore, this diet improved the function of beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin [4].

Type-2 Diabetes

One study published in Nutrients found that eating 1.5 ounces of pecans per day – a small handful – may protect adults at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes [4].

Another study showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who ate about five servings of pecans per week had a 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides, people with type 2 diabetes who consumed nuts regularly had a 34% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a 20% lower risk of coronary heart disease, and a 31% lower risk of premature death overall.

Eating pecans also gives you a satiety feeling, so you won't eat as much to satisfy your cravings. Pecans are also a good substitute for sugary snacks that would otherwise cause blood sugar spikes.

Important notes: people with diabetes should avoid eating salted pecans because the sodium in the foods will cause their blood sugar to spike [5].

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy impact the mother's health, but they may also increase the baby's risk of developing diabetes.

According to research, moderate nut consumption may benefit kidney health in women who have previously had gestational diabetes mellitus.

One study discovered a link between total nut consumption and urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio. Women with no monthly or daily intake had adjusted UACR values of 86%, 24%, and 117% higher than women with weekly intake. According to the study, women with a history of gestational diabetes at high risk of kidney disease may benefit from moderate nut consumption [6].


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 07, 2022
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