What is the evidence that dietary fiber from whole foods and dietary supplements is beneficial in diabetes? Based on the current data, diets providing 30 to 50 g fiber per day from whole food sources consistently produce lower serum glucose levels compared to a low-fiber diet. Fiber supplements providing doses of 10 to 29 g/day may have some benefit in terms of glycemic control.

How many grams of fiber do you consume?

Source: American Dietetic Association Position Paper
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Diana Young is a dietitian and diabetes educator who writes a column for Iowa Avenue - a healthy living social community. Diana is the dietitian for Weight1Minute - an online automated program for weight management and healthy living. Contact Info available at Ask The Dietitians

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Comment by CARL MICHAELS on December 31, 2008 at 8:20pm
This the secret to controlling your diabestes . I have mine under control.
Comment by Donna Heun on January 15, 2009 at 2:26pm
I eat a vegan diet. Do you ever recommend a vegetarian or vegan diet to your patients? I may eat 140-200 grams of carbohydrates a day but also eat between 45-75 grams of fiber per day. I feel I have very good glycemic control and very seldom get post prandial BG spikes. (I must however give some credit to the Symlin that I take for smoothing out pp spikes).
Comment by Diana Young, RD, CDE, CPT on January 15, 2009 at 3:03pm
Yes, most definitely!


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