SAnyone else take a fiber pill at meal time??

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   Posted 4/18/2006 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have started taking a fiber pill right before I eat my meals and it seems to be helping... Anyone else do this??

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   Posted 4/18/2006 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
An experimental diet - tested on 13 diabetics - contained 50 grams of fiber a day, or about twice the amount recommended by the American Diabetes Association. That is equivalent to seven or eight servings of fruit and vegetables and three of whole wheat or other high-fiber grain.The study published in New England Journal of Medicine May 11. 2000 was led by Dr. Abhimanyu Garg of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While 13 people is not statistically significant, I am quoting the study as it was interesting.

All of the people studied had type 2 diabetes; 10 of them were taking pills. The diabetics spent six weeks on the ADA-recommended diet and six weeks on the experimental diet. The experimental diet reduced blood sugar levels about 10 percent. The ADA diet is aimed at keeping blood sugar under control but does not reduce levels. The drop in blood sugar was about the same as what a second pill might have brought, Dr. Marc Rendell of the Creighton Diabetes Center in Omaha, Neb., said in an editorial.

None of the patients in the study were able to reduce their medication, but Garg said that wasn't the point of the experiment. He would not speculate on whether the diet could let patients reduce their medication. The diet also improved the diabetics' cholesterol levels, which was encouraging. Heart disease is a major cause of death among diabetics.

So, can fiber pills hurt you, certainly not, aside from occasional constipation.  Can they help you. Well, it looks like adding SIGNIFICANT fiber to your diet will not reduce your meds but may possibly have a beneficial long term affect on your health.
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   Posted 4/19/2006 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

I've written about this before but if you missed it I'll post again. I was part of a study at Michigan State University for Kelloggs. The study involved the use of psyllium to prevent peaks and lows after meals. Psyllium was incorporated into cereal and breads and taken in liquid. The results were amazing and lead me to using psyllium fiber after any overindulgences. The psyllium does not prevent or block the absorption of carbs, only extends the absorption period over time so you avoid those post-meal spikes. The effect only lasted until the next consumed meal but it was encouraging. We only tested on psyllium so I don't know what the effects of other fibers would be.
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   Posted 4/19/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies...
Looks like fiber is the way to go... :) Ill be regular and help out with a slower blood sugar release.
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