High fiber diets and supplements may reduce long-term and fasting glucose levels
Fiber improves glycemic control
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors wanted to test for a link between fiber in the diet and blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes. Researchers analyzed 13 fiber studies, each lasting from eight to 24 weeks and covering 605 people with type 2 diabetes. Overall, doctors found high-fiber diets with up to 43 grams of fiber per day, or supplements with up to 15 grams of fiber per day, reduced long-term average glucose levels by 0.55 percent, and reduced fasting glucose levels by 9.97 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL).
Discussing their findings, doctors said these studies confirm that increasing fiber intake improved glycemic control, and physicians should consider fiber as a safe, natural additional tool in treating those with type 2 diabetes.