Fiber. The holy grail?

Fiber is a simple and cheap intervention which can help with a whole host of problems.

The recommended amount of daily dietary fiber is 20-35 grams. Total dietary fiber is a combination of both insoluble (the kind you can’t break down—wheat bran, whole grains, vegetables) and soluble (like nuts, psylium, and other fruits and vegetables). Soluble fiber can reduce the risk for adult-onset diabetes, help control diabetic’s blood sugars, and reduce risk for heart disease and stroke.
If you were to ask… do we know how much fiber reduces cardiovascular disease risk? And, is there a dose effect?
I would say yes!—there is a study that shows all of this. The British Medical Journal released a study and the take-home message is that intake of whole foods (unprocessed and unrefined) should be greatly encouraged. For every additional 7 grams of total fiber per day, a 9% lower risk for heart attack and stroke. If you are unable to take more fiber through diet, supplementation with psyllium or methylcellulose (both available commonly in over the counter preparations).

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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