psyllium lowers blood sugar in people with diabetes and prediabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. 9.3% of Americans and 6.5% of Canadians suffer from diabetes: that’s 31 million people. And, though you are often told otherwise, there is little that the medical approach can do about it. But there may be something simple and natural you can do about it.

According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, medical glycemic control has “no significant impact.” Controlling blood sugar by the medical approach does not significantly improve the risk of complications due to diabetes, nor does it improve all-cause mortality (Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 2016;9:504–512).

But a simple fiber supplement might help. Researchers put 35 controlled studies together in a series of meta-analyses. They found that people who took psyllium supplements before meals for at least two weeks significantly reduced their fasting blood sugar levels. They also lowered their HbA1c by 0.97%. That psyllium has that ability is important because HbA1c is the most important marker of long term diabetes and blood sugar control. And that amount of reduction is similar in effectiveness to diabetes drugs. Psyllium, though, is very safe.

Psyllium’s effects are very targeted. People with diabetes had the greatest benefit, people with prediabetes had modest improvement, and people with normal blood sugar had no change.

The researchers concluded that the data shows “that psyllium would be an effective addition to a lifestyle-intervention program.” It’s safe, simple, cheap and effective.

Am J Clin Nutr 2015;102(6):1604-14

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