| Nutr Rev 2001 Feb;59(2):52-5
A diet containing food rich in soluble and
insoluble fiber improves glycemic control and reduces hyperlipidemia
among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
McIntosh M, Miller C.
Department of Nutrition and Foodservice Systems, The University
of North Carolina at Greensboro, 27402-6170, USA.
The clinical significance of fiber on metabolic control among
people with type 2 diabetes is debatable. Patients with type
2 diabetes who consumed a diet containing food naturally rich
in fiber (e.g., 50 g fiber/day, 50% soluble) for 6 weeks had
significant improvements in glycemic control and lipid panels
when compared with patients who consumed a diet with moderate
amounts of fiber (e.g., 25 g fiber/day, 50% soluble). Whether
this high intake of fiber-rich food, especially fruits, can
be maintained, tolerated without side effects or micronutrient
deficiencies, and affordable for longer than 6 weeks in people
with type 2 diabetes remains to be determined.