Older women with type 2 diabetes have a five-fold increased risk for developing heart disease than women of the same age who do not have diabetes. Statin drugs are generally indicated for heart disease, but there may be an alternative: chocolate – or, at least – flavonoids that can be found in cocoa.
A three year study has just been funded by Diabetes UK to research the potential heart-protecting properties of flavonoids.
But don’t throw your healthy eating plan to the curb! Diabetes UK advises against consuming large amounts of chocolate.
“We certainly don’t advise people to start eating a lot of chocolate as it’s very high in sugar and fat”, said Dr. Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK. “We would always recommend that people with diabetes eat a diet low in fat, salt and sugar with plenty of fruit and vegetables.”
Soy protein, which also contains flavonoids, has been shown in clinical studies to have a protective effect on the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys of patients with type 2 diabetes.
Look for this week’s healthy recipe which will feature both soy and chocolate!