Apart from weight loss and increase in physical activity, the development of type 2 diabetes can also be prevented by dietary changes. Studies suggest that a diet high in dietary fiber (defined as an intake of more than 30g/d) has been shown to represent an effective preventive approach.
A high-fiber diet has many positive effects on the physical health status. In addition to positive effects in the gastrointestinal tract, fibre has an obvious potential to support weight reduction and to improve disturbances of carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
In a large study, it was found that individuals with the highest fibre intake (more than 26 grams per day) had an 18-per-cent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with those whose diets contained the least (less than 19 grams per day), even when lifestyle factors such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol use and calorie intake were accounted for.
These are the findings from the largest ever investigation into new-onset Type 2 diabetes. It found that a high-fibre diet can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, a disease that is diagnosed in more than 60,000 Canadians every year. It also found that the more fibre you eat, the lower the risk of the condition. Read more…
At the present state of knowledge, insoluble dietary fibers as found in whole grain cereal products are considered to be especially effective in the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
A high intake of fruits and vegetables as well as pulses also exerts health-promoting properties. A high-fiber diet also plays an important role in the prevention of obesity and coronary heart diseases.
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