First ever expert consensus on fiber by Diabetes India has shown that consumption of high fiber diethelpsmanage Type-2 diabetes(T2DM).They have recommended slow and steady increase in fiber intake upto 25-40g/day. Among the many options for fiber, soluble fiber was found to be more impactful, both in foods and via supplements. The experts have assembled their findings under the new term ‘fiber-rich diabetes nutrition’(FDN).
Thefibre rich diabetes nutrition has many other health benefits ranging from controlling blood sugar, reducing hyperinsulinemia, improving cholesterol levels, controlling body weight for Type-2 diabetes patients and cardioprotective actions
India needs to tackle the acute epidemic of increasing diabetes, as it has the second-highest diabetes population in the world. It is estimated to increase from 425 million people in 2017 to 629 million in 2045, and alongside will increase the burden of pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity.
Dr. V Mohan from Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre says, “To manage diabetes, reducing glycemic peaks is a particularly important target in the treatment of the disorder to improve overall treatment outcomes. A high fiber diet is vital to prevent and manage diabetes. Individuals with diabetes need to be advised not only to increase the quantity of fiber but also to include the right type of fiber or soluble fiber in their diet. Soluble fiber has numerous beneficial effects like lowering blood sugar spikes, management of cholesterol levels, enhancing immune function, increasing satiety, promoting weight loss and improving gut health. Increasing fiber intake, preferably through food or through dietary supplement which is fiber rich is recommended to prevent and manage diabetes.’’