Why You Need More Chocolate in Your Life Part 7: Increase Insulin Sensitivity

If you're worried about diabetes, chances are you're trying to cut most of the sweets and treats from your life. Well, if you're smart, you'll put chocolate back on the menu! It's not just heart smart, but it's diabetes-friendly as well. In one study published in 2005, a team of researchers discovered that dark chocolate can have a profound effect on insulin sensitivity. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: www.12wbt.com[/caption] (Quick primer: Insulin lowers blood sugar levels when they are high, preventing excess blood sugar. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, blood sugar levels can spike out of control--leading to Type 2 Diabetes if not managed.) The 15 participants in the test where given dark and white chocolate bars every day for two weeks, and their glucose levels were tested after consuming the chocolate. Those who received the dark chocolate not only had lower blood sugar levels, but their sensitivity to insulin actually increased post-snack. There was even a minor decrease in blood pressure caused by the chocolate. To reduce your risk of diabetes, eat more dark chocolate!  
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Resources: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/3/611.full
 

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