Fiber Lowers Blood Sugar

Improves Glucose Levels




irin-k/Shutterstock.com

In a study that offers hope for people with Type 2 diabetes, Rutgers University researchers have shown that a diet high in diverse fibers promotes the growth of certain gut bacteria, leading to improved blood glucose control, increased insulin production and improved average blood glucose (A1C) levels. In the six-year study published in Science, 27 diabetes patients in China were fed a diet of whole grains, Traditional Chinese Medicinal foods and prebiotics for up to 86 days, while a group of 16 similar patients ate a similar diet with less fiber. All took the diabetes drug acarbose, which helps turn starch into fiber.

By the study’s end, 89 percent of those on the high-fiber diet and 50 percent of the lower-fiber diet group reached blood sugar levels in the normal range. Researchers theorized that the fiber increased numbers of the specific bacteria that break down carbohydrates, producing short-chain fatty acids that nourished gut-lining cells, reduced inflammation and helped control appetite. A shortage of short-chain fatty acids has been associated with Type 2 diabetes and other diseases.


This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

School Activities Can Foster Head Injuries

The beginning of the school year can create situations that invite concussion injuries for athletes participating in cheerleading, soccer, lacrosse, football and gymnastic activities.

Productive Sleep Sessions are Vital to Good Health

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our mind and body.

Expert Help with Stressful Life Issues

Susan Curry, the founder of InteriorWerx, practices a modality of personal coaching and healing on a metaphysical, spiritual frequency.

The Resiliency Institute Opens Enrollment for 2019 Classes

Early bird registration is open at The Resiliency Institute, in Naperville, for 2019 courses that begin in February and March and meet once a month on a Saturday or Sunday.

Learn the Mystic Science of Creating Synchronicities

Her wisdom is a perfect convergence of two worlds, the worldly and the spiritual; and the scientific and transcendental.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Musical Fundraiser in Fort Sheridan to Benefit Youth

Nonprofit Celebrate Highwood will host a philanthropic fundraiser, Jazzed Up Dining & Classic Cocktails, beginning at 6:30 p.m., February 18, at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, in Highwood.

Finding Proof of Heaven

After surviving a near-fatal coma, Eben Alexander, M.D., a neurosurgeon, shares his transcendental near death-experience in Proof of Heaven, his bestselling book.

Organic or Not? A Guide to Knowing when Organic Matters

You can still fight illness and promote wellness without a completely organic diet. This article offers some tips on when to buy organic and when you may not need to worry about it.

Celebrate at Infinity Foundation Gala Benefit

The nonprofit Infinity Foundation’s annual fundraising benefit will be at the Highland Park Country Club, to support more than 200 course offerings and community services.

The Wheel of Co-Creation New Ways of Being in the World in a Vast Movement for Positive Change

In the new paradigm, prevention is paramount, and when faced with illness, the goal becomes a comprehensive approach to attend to all aspects of personal wellness. We recognize and include the pioneering holistic, allopathic, alternative and complementary approaches, as well as traditional methods.

Expo Offers Solutions to Gluten and other Allergies

The Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo will take place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg.