Fiber facts: benefits and recommendations for individuals with type 2 diabetes

Curr Diab Rep. 2009 Oct;9(5):405-11. doi: 10.1007/s11892-009-0062-1.


In randomized controlled trials, viscous soluble fibers have demonstrated acute and long-term metabolic improvements in type 2 diabetes, such as reductions in hemoglobin A1c, fasting and post-prandial glycemia, insulinemia, and cardiovascular risk factors. In addition, they may be helpful in weight control through promoting feelings of fullness. Increasing consumption of foods containing fiber or use of fiber supplements could play an important role in managing diabetes with positive outcomes on vascular complications and reduced cardio-vascular disease risk.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diet therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / metabolism
  • Dietary Fiber*
  • Humans


  • Dietary Fiber