Posted on Jul 24, 2015, 6 a.m.
Multi-country study reaffirms that increased dietary fiber may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
Previously, a number of studies suggest a diverse range of health benefits of diet rich in fiber – ranging from cardiovascular to gastrointestinal to weight management. Researchers from The InterAct Consortium analyzed data collected via the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-InterAct study on 29,000 men and women with type-2 diabetes, residing in eight European countries, who were followed for an average of 10.8 years. Data analysis revealed that people with the highest total fiber intake – 26 g per day or more – had an 18% lower risk of developing diabetes, as compared to those with the lowest total fiber intake (19 g or less per day). As well, the risk for diabetes fell by 9% for each 10 g per day increase in total fiber intake. The study authors submit that: " The overall evidence indicates that the intake of total and cereal fiber is inversely related to the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
The InterAct Consortium. “Dietary fibre and incidence of type 2 diabetes in eight European countries: the EPIC-InterAct Study and a meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Diabetologia, 2015 58:3585, 28 May 2015.