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Reduce Diabetes Risk with Fiber

Research suggests than diets rich in dietary fiber may reduce diabetes risk, and can be helpful in managing blood sugar levels for people who have diabetes.

When sugary drinks and snacks abound, and temptation to taste is hard to tame, keeping healthy isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Even though Type 2 diabetes is the only preventable form of diabetes, it’s also the most prominent form. Statistics from the American Diabetes Association state that in 2014, more than 29 million people in the United States had diabetes, while 86 million additional people had pre-diabetes.

Luckily, fiber can help with satiety and weight-management, and keeping to a high-fiber diet may be able to help you reduce diabetes risk significantly.

Type 2 diabetes develops gradually, when excess weight, lack of exercise and poor diet make it increasingly hard for the body to make enough insulin or to properly use the insulin it makes. Blood sugar levels soar as a result, eventually leading to diabetes.

The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable with a healthy diet and exercise. The American Diabetes Association emphasizes the importance of being physically active on a regular basis, and choosing high-fiber and whole grain foods over processed carbohydrates to reduce diabetes risk. Whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, most beans and nuts, and whole grain cereals have a low glycemic index — meaning they put less stress on your body’s insulin production than processed carbohydrates such as white flour, and are good snacks for preventing and managing diabetes.

A healthy, high-fiber diet with an emphasis on whole grains is crucial to preventing diabetes. The 12 grams of fiber in each Fiber d’Lish bar, including a blend of six types of whole grains and seeds, serves as a filling snack without added sugar or artificial ingredients. See all 10 Fiber d’Lish flavors here, or find nutrition information at