Fiber Intake Reduces the Risk for Insulin Resistance

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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This study evaluated the fiber intake of 264 women, while monitoring them for insulin resistance. It found that those with the highest soluble fiber intake had 42 percent less insulin resistance. The study also determined a synergistic benefit between fiber intake, physical activity, and better body weight.

Once insulin resistance sets in, numerous metabolic problems follow, often leading to type 2 diabetes and full-blown metabolic syndrome. Increasing intake of soluble fiber helps your body more easily metabolize dietary sugar to help prevent blood sugar surges that stress metabolism and cause other health problems.

Good sources of soluble fiber are fruit, oat bran, oatmeal, barley, legumes, and psyllium.

Increasing soluble fiber intake is a simple and basic health step for everyone.

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