Skip to content
Flat Rate Shipping Only $6.95 on Any Order Size - and Always FREE for Club Members
Flat Rate Shipping Only $6.95 on Any Order Size - and Always FREE for Club Members

Dietary Fiber May Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Women

Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells no longer respond to the effects of insulin. It is often a precursor for type-2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that consuming high-amylose maize resistant starch (HAM-RS2, which is a dietary fiber) might improve insulin sensitivity in women with insulin resistance.


Participants in the study included 40 non-diabetic women between the ages of 22 and 67 years old. Their BMIs ranged from 20.6 to 47.4 kg/m2. Over the course of four weeks, the women were given either 15 g of the dietary fiber, 30 g of the dietary fiber, or a placebo. All three were given in the form of a cookie.


After each four week period, the women underwent a four week washout period, followed by the next intervention. The researchers assessed insulin sensitivity at the end of each four week period via a glucose tolerance test.


The researchers found that insulin sensitivity was approximately 16% higher in the 30 g group when compared with the control group. Additionally, the women who completed the entire study had insulin sensitivity values that were 23% higher than the control group.


Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted the study. It was published on January 13, 2016, in Nutrition & Metabolism.


Previous studies suggest that HAM-RS2 is beneficial for gastrointestinal health. It can be found in green bananas, potatoes, and high-amylose corn.

Previous article Study Finds High Dose of Blueberry Polyphenols May Improve Cognitive Performance

Related Posts

Rhodiola Rose Extract May Help Improve Mental Function
Rhodiola Rose Extract May Help Improve Mental Function
Rhodiola rosea, also known as "golden root" or "arctic root" in the moun...
Read More
Ashwagandha May Help Improve Sleep Quality Including For Insomniacs
Ashwagandha May Help Improve Sleep Quality Including For Insomniacs
For hundreds of years, people have used the roots and orange-red fruit o...
Read More
Fish Oil May Help Relieve Joint Discomfort
Fish Oil May Help Relieve Joint Discomfort
A new study has found that fish oil may help relieve joint discomfort an...
Read More

Join Us for Subscriber Only Offers, Product Announcements, and Health News You Can Use!

×