Can Low Levels of Flax Seeds Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?


Flax seeds are a healthy option for ensuring you’re getting enough fiber and omega-3 fatty acids into your daily diet. The tiny seed is quite versatile and can be used in baking, protein shakes, and even ground and sprinkled on your oatmeal, yogurt, salads or soups. Some research has found that consuming flax seeds can reduce your risk of developing debilitating illnesses like cancer and heart disease. And  adding flax seed to your diet can actually minimize the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

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According to NutraIngredients.com, “adding flax seed to the diet may decrease insulin resistance in pre-diabetics and help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.” The research comes out of the U.S. and Canada, and was led by Andrea Hutchins. Her research team gathered a group of 25 overweight males and postmenopausal females with pre-diabetes to participate in the study. The individuals consumed either zero, 13, or 26 grams of flax seed for a total of 12 weeks. The interventions were then followed by “two week washout periods before crossing to a different intervention.”

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The research found that “results showed that the low dose (13 grams a day) flax seed group experienced decreases in glucose, insulin, and HOMA-IR measures, but such decreases were not observed in the other two groups.”

Hutchin’s and her team could not exactly explain why the results only affected the low dose group, and they stated that “a longer-term trial should include measurement of HbA1c [a marker of long-term presence of excess glucose in the blood], in addition to fructosamine as markers of long-term glycemic control.” The report concludes with the team recommending that “in addition, we recommend that participants track their fasting and post-prandial glucose values daily using a glucometer to better assess the day-to-day impact of flax seed consumption on glucose concentrations.”

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By Ryan Bisram| September 02, 2013
Categories:  Eat
Keywords:  EatFood and Nutrition

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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