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Should I start taking fiber supplements if I have type 2 diabetes?

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Although it’s best to get fiber from food sources such as whole grains, fiber supplements can also help you increase your fiber intake. Examples include psyllium and methylcellulose.

Be sure to increase your fiber intake slowly to help prevent gas and cramping, and to consume more liquids than usual.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Carbohydrate Counting," "Carbohydrate Counting for People with Diabetes," "Grains and Starchy Vegetables," "Get to Know 6 Great Grains."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Minnesota Department of Health: "Nutrition Facts: Whole Grains."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "How to Eat More Whole Grain."


 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Carbohydrate Counting," "Carbohydrate Counting for People with Diabetes," "Grains and Starchy Vegetables," "Get to Know 6 Great Grains."

American Heart Association: "Whole Grains and Fiber."

Minnesota Department of Health: "Nutrition Facts: Whole Grains."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: "How to Eat More Whole Grain."


 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 12, 2018

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