Adequate Fiber Reduces the Risk for Type II Diabetes
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
3,428 non-diabetic men (ages 60-79) were followed for seven years to examine the relationship between their fiber intake and the risk for developing type II diabetes1. Those with less than 20 grams per day of fiber in their diet had a significantly increased risk for developing type II diabetes, regardless of calorie intake and other variables.
Higher fiber intake was also associated with less inflammation (lower IL6 and CRP C-reactive protein. It is an acute phase protein that increases during systemic inflammation. It is a general way to assess cardiovascular disease risk. A more sensitive test for heart disease risk is hs-CRP, highly sensitive CRP. ), as well as better liver health (less fatty liver problem).
Americans could save billions in health care expenses by consuming more fiber, a rather simple solution for many problems linked to skyrocketing health care costs. Of course, our government has been sanctioning for decades that fiber-reduced refined flour products are fine to eat and has promoted them as OK through the food pyramid (even OK in the new food pyramid).
For a comprehensive review of the importance of fiber please read my feature article: Fiber, Leptin, and Weight Loss.
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