Psyllium Fiber Helps Control Blood Sugar

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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Psyllium Fiber Helps Control Blood Sugar
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After a comprehensive review of the literature researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center conclude that supplementation with psyllium is a very good way to boost fiber intake to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetic patients. I would add that it is a good way for any person to help improve their metabolism of calories.

The need for extra fiber rises in proportion to metabolic problems like elevated cholesterol, increased blood sugar, and problems with body weight. It is a dietary fundamental. Many people who try to lose weight also reduce their carbohydrate intake, which in turn lowers their fiber. Supplemental fiber is especially important in this situation.

The researchers point out that in general, fiber studies show that blood sugar levels decrease as well as the risk of early death from any cause.

Psyllium fiber, in particular, is associated with lower daily blood sugar levels, a lower surge of blood sugar following a meal, fewer hypoglycemic events, lower A1C levels, and lower insulin concentrations in people with type 2 diabetes.

Individuals are often surprised to find how much better their energy level is when they increase their fiber intake, even though fiber does not directly produce energy. This is because extra fiber helps smooth out the whole process, taking stress off your energy producing systems.

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