Fiber and diabetes: Soluble fibers (oat bran, apples, citrus, pears, peas/beans, psyllium, etc.) slow down the digestion of carbohydrates (sugars), which results in better glucose metabolism. Some patients with the adult-onset diabetes may actually be successfully treated with a high-fiber diet alone, and those on insulin, can often reduce their insulin requirements by adhering to a high-fiber diet.
WebMD puts into perspective carbohydrate counting and fiber intake for those with diabetes.
High Fiber Foods and Type 2 Diabetes Eating Right for Diabetes Nutrition and Health. From Debra Manzella, R.N., former About.com Guide. Updated August 24, 2009
But fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Selecting tasty foods that provide fiber isn't difficult.
May 15, 2007 -- Eating fiber-rich, whole-grain cereal may not only keep you regular, but it may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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