Diabetics May Need More Calcium with Their Fiber

By sonu Latest Reply 2010-05-17 08:58:07 -0500
Started 2010-05-16 23:52:49 -0500

People with type 2 diabetes who are trying to bulk up on fiber may need to pay closer attention to their calcium intake as well, a small study suggests.
When 13 diabetics doubled their fiber intake, the study participants began to excrete less calcium in their urine — a sign that their body’s calcium absorption had declined, the researchers observed.

Fiber is known to help lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar control and maintain bowel regularity; and adults are advised to get roughly 25 grams or more each day.

But these latest findings suggest that poorer calcium absorption may the trade-off, the researchers report in the journal Diabetes Care.

“Because more calcium equals better bone health, we recommend that people on high-fiber diets talk to their physician about increasing their dietary calcium as well, in order to get the most benefit from both,” senior researcher Dr. Abhimanyu Garg, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said in a written statement.

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GabbyPA 2010-05-17 08:58:07 -0500 Report

What an odd thing to happen. Our bodies are so complex it is amazing how they work. Now my question is that if we secrete LESS calcium in our urine, wouldn't that mean that we are absorbing MORE? I guess I don't understand how our body uses calcium.

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