As the lead author on the study, Rohit Kapoor, M.D., said, this study provides some very helpful information. “Firstly, a high fiber diet is important in cases of diabetes and hypertension to prevent future cardiovascular disease,” he said. It also showed that a high-fiber diet in combination with medical treatment can improve metabolic markers like blood lipid levels and waist-to-hip ratio, but even more importantly, it showed that “medical nutrition therapy and regular counseling sessions also hold great importance in treating and prevention of diabetes and hypertension.” The personalized attention and support patients were given in this study went above and beyond and was likely a big part of their success. Plus, it provides good evidence of how motivated people can be to change their lifestyle if they are just given proper guidance and support.
Increasing your fiber intake is one of the simplest things you can do to improve your health. Luckily, it’s also easy to do, as common (and tasty!) foods like chia seeds, oats, chickpeas, artichokes, and bananas are high in fiber. Start with this Red Berry Chia Pudding or make this Chickpea, Cucumber & Avocado Salad for lunch.