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Can fibre prevent Type 2?

Research suggests that eating high fibre foods can help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers in Germany asked 9,702 men and 15,365 women between the ages of 35 and 65 to fill in diet questionnaires between 1994 and 2005.

Results revealed that those who ate an average ounce of fibre a day had a 27 per cent lower risk of developing the condition, compared to those who ate half an ounce or less of fibre.

"The results of this study are interesting," said Tracy Kelly, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"Obviously food containing fibre, such as granary bread or bran flakes, is an important element of a good diet. In addition, fibre helps to lower cholesterol levels, which is important in reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. However, this alone will not stop someone from developing the condition.

“What we do know is that being overweight or having a large waistline is strongly linked to Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes UK recommends a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity to reduce the risk or delay the onset of the condition.”

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