If I have diabetes, what quantity of nuts should I eat daily?

Nuts are very high in calories (150 to 200 per ounce for tree nuts and 105 calories per ounce for peanuts), so portion control is essential. One ounce a day of tree nuts (¼ cup), two ounces of peanuts or one tablespoon of peanut butter is the recommended amount for people with diabetes. Look for peanut butter with little salt, sugar or partially hydrogenated oil.

Try buying nuts in the shell. It takes time to get at the nuts, so you will eat less. If you buy shelled nuts, stick with raw or dry-roasted and avoid the salted, oil-roasted, honey-coated or yogurt-covered varieties.

Stored in a cool, dry place, nuts will stay fresh for several months. Keeping nuts in the refrigerator tightly tied in a plastic bag or in a jar will extend their life, and freezing nuts will keep them good for a year or longer.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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