The more fibre in the diet, the less chance of diabetes

A HIGH-fibre diet may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to findings from a meta-analysis.

Analysis of 19 multinational studies found that each 10g per day intake of total fibre and cereal fibre was associated with a 9% and 25% reduced risk of diabetes, respectively, independent of BMI.

In a sub-analysis, those who had more than 26g per day had an 18% lower risk of developing diabetes than those who had less than 19g per day.

This latter study of almost 30,000 people did not find a link when BMI had been accounted for, however, suggesting the benefits of fibre may partly be mediated