In the News

October 2015 Issue

Boost Fiber To Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A study of 29,000 participants in eight European countries over 11 years, combined with a meta-analysis of findings from 18 other studies, found that a diet rich in fiber may lower type 2 diabetes risk. The data revealed that the highest fiber intake (> 26 grams/day) was linked with an 18 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared to the lowest fiber intake (<19 g/day). In addition, the study found that for each 10 g daily increase in fiber intake diabetes risk fell by 9 percent; for each 10 g increase of cereal fiber per day, the risk fell by 25 percent. Although the specific mechanism is uncertain—effects may be related to increased satiety, slowed nutrient absorption, altered fermentation in the large intestine, or prolonged release of hormonal signals—the study does support that a diet rich in fiber, particularly fibers found in grains, may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.