Psyllium shown to help diabetes patients

PSYLLIUM fibre may be a useful adjunct to lifestyle changes in patients with type 2 diabetes, meta-analyses suggest.

US researchers say they’ve shown that taking a psyllium supplement before meals significantly reduces elevated fasting blood glucose (FBG) in patients with diabetes and modestly improves FBG in people with prediabetes.

The study of 35 trials, including previously unpublished information from Procter & Gamble, also shows reductions in HbA1c of about 1% in participants being treated for diabetes, which is comparable to the effect of many antidiabetic drugs, the researchers say.