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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