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Q:

How does taking physsium help in managing diabetes, should it be talken before the meal { 1 or 2 meals) or at bedtime to maintain levels. Or is this just a means of filling up to manage weight?

Amy Campbell

A:

I think you may be referring to “psyllium,” which is a plant that contains a natural source of soluble fiber. Psyllium is used in some laxatives, including Metamucil and Konsyl, and is found in some cereals, as well. Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that takes up liquid in the digestive tract. This kind of fiber can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation. Its other benefits include helping to lower blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Some people find that fiber, in general, helps to fill them up so that they aren’t as hungry and they eat less. This, in turn, may help with weight control. My advice is to first talk with your healthcare provider about taking a psyllium supplement. Once you get the green light, it’s generally recommended to take psyllium right before a meal. You should drink plenty of water or sugar-free fluids when increasing your fiber intake. Also, be sure to start at a low dose and gradually increase the dose, as consuming too much fiber at once may lead to gas, bloating and possibly diarrhea.

July 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm