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Fiber Effect On Blood Glucose Levels

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How Does Fiber Affect Blood Glucose Levels?

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate (just like sugars and starches) but since it is not broken down by the human body, it does not contribute any calories. Yet, on a food label, fiber is listed under total carbohydrate. So this gets kind of confusing for people who have diabetes. Carbohydrate is the one nutrient that has the biggest impact on blood glucose. So, does fiber have any effect on your blood glucose? The answer is that fiber does not raise blood glucose levels. Because it is not broken down by the body, the fiber in an apple or a slice of whole grain bread has no effect on blood glucose levels because it isn't digested. The grams of fiber can actually be subtracted from the total grams of carb you are eating if you are using carbohydrate counting for meal planning. So, fiber is a good thing for people with diabetes. Of course, most of the foods that contain fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas) also contain other types of non-fiber carbohydrate (sugar, starch) that must be accounted for in your meal plan. The average person should eat between 20-35 grams of fiber each day. Most Americans eat about half that amount. A study in the New England Jour Continue reading >>

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  1. blueberrytwig

    is there such a thing as a diabetic headache?

    have been getting a lot of terrible headaches, sometimes last for 2 days straight, not sure are sinus or what headaches, went for MRI, are not migraines, have been off caffeine for 2 weeks now, could be sugar or carb related?

  2. Malina8

    I had terrible migraines and headaches before I was diagnosed. I think now I've had one headache in the last 20 years. Make sure you're not dehydrated and your sugar is in check.

  3. MelodyRain

    I was getting terrible headaches and I have found that they have gotten better (have fewer and they don't hurt as much) by keeping my BG down and by making sure I drink plenty of water. I think I was getting dehydrated from my sugar being too high and the dehydration was causing the headaches.

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