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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.

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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.

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