Bulking up on dietary fibre may help pregnant women with type 1 diabetes control potentially dangerous fluctuations in their blood sugar, a new study suggests.
Diabetic women who consumed the most dietary fibre (20 grams verses 8 grams per day) during their second and third trimesters needed to inject themselves with less insulin. .
The results suggest that boosting intake of fibre-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, oatmeal and bran cereal can help pregnant women with type 1 diabetes reduce their reliance on insulin and stabilize their blood sugar.
Current recommendations advise women to consume 25 grams of fibre daily. (Men need 38 grams each day.)
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