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Psyllium fiber supplements help patients with diabetes mellitus

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Researchers at the U.S.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted in Population Health Metrics that by 2050, nearly one third of Americans will live with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

James P Boyle and colleagues, authors of the study, said the projected increase is due largely to the aging population, increasing numbers of members of higher risk minority groups in the population and longer life-span for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus in many cases is preventable.  Previous studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, green leafy vegetables, breastfeeding, brown rice, plant-based diet, soy products, black tea, vitamin D, turmeric, bitter melon, fish oil and drinking coffee may help prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Those who have acquired type 2 diabetes mellitus can also follow modified lifestyle to better control their condition, live a better life and minimize the risk of severe complications.

Taking psyllium fiber supplements may help patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, a new study published in the Oct 19, 2010 issue of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy suggests.

Bajorek S.A. and Morello C.M. at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California in San Diego reviewed seven studies and found all showed psyllium fiber supplements and a low glycemic index diet helped improve glycemic risk factors including glycosylated hemoglobin A1c [A1C] or postprandial plasma glucose [PPG] concentrations.

The researchers found supplementation with 10.2 grams of psyllium per day decreased PPG and A1C and a low glycemic index diet with an average glycemic index 59 decreased A1C. 

Bajorek and Morello concluded that "Psyllium supplementation might be an additional therapeutic option for people with T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus) who are already receiving diabetes medication and who still experience elevated PPG concentrations."

Diabetes mellitus can result in serious complications including bladder control problems for women, heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, eye disease, erectile dysfunction, foot problems, and kidney failure, among other things.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes mellitus include increased thirst and frequent urination, increased hunger, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, slow-healing sores and areas of darkened skin among others.

An estimated 20 million Americans right now liver with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

David Liu

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