Grant County's Health Minute. Fiber-Rich Diets Enhance Gut Bacteria to Reduce Diabetes Risk.

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New research is showing that eating more dietary fiber can help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes by encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria and beneficial metabolites.

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Read the article written by Dr. Shelandra Bell, Family Medicine, a health expert at The Health Standard.

What This Means for Your Health

Understanding the Link Between Eat Fiber to Improve Gut Health and Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Gut Health and Dietary Fiber: A New Study's Insights for You in Grant County, Indiana

(Transcript Below)

Here's your Health minute. We're talking about gut health and diabetes. So a new study is showing us something that your mom's already been telling you. Eat your fiber. If you eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, all that good stuff. New research is showing that these not only feed the healthy gut bacteria, but they ultimately have a beneficial effect of controlling your blood sugars.

Practical Steps for Optimal Gut Health and Diabetes Prevention

So how can you make this work for you? Number one, you want to understand what your A1 C levels. Number two, you want to get a colon. Skippy. Make sure if you're 45 years and older you've had your colonoscopy exam. And the good news here is that most insurances will cover your preventative colonoscopy. So your take home message for today is eat more fiber.

The Role of Fiber in Reducing Diabetes Risk

And this is going to help the bacteria in your gut. And this is going to help you reduce your risk of type two diabetes.

Medical News Today: What This Means for Your Health in Grant County, Indiana

The Bottom Line: The findings of this new research help us better understand the complex relationships between dietary fiber, gut bacteria, and blood molecules, and how they may influence the development of T2D.

"Consistent evidence suggests diabetes-protective effects of dietary fiber intake, but exactly how that protection occurs remains unclear." Zheng Wang, PhD. (Study Editorial)

What They're Saying: "Our study revealed that Faecalibacterium was associated with multiple potentially beneficial metabolites in serum, including indolepropionate, 3-phenylpropionate, and cinnamoylglycine, all linked to higher fiber intake and lower risk of T2D. Our findings are consistent with the reported beneficial role of indolepropionate in antiinflammation, antioxidant activity, and amelioration of glucose metabolism." (Study Source)

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Health Facts That Matter: Key Statistics for Grant County, Indiana

The following health facts impact your physical health directly!

Did you know there were 2539 deaths from diabetes in Indiana in 2021?

39.2% of you in Grant County are obese.

24.4% of you in Grant County have depression.

34.7% of you in Grant County are sleeping less than 7 hours per night.

All of these variables above play an important role in the outcomes of your overall health.

The Health Standard Newswire.