Nigerian Endocrine Practice

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Dietary Fibre in Health and Disease

BA Kolawole


Dietary fibre has become an important aspect of the meal of patients with diabetes mellitus. evidence also abounds of its usefulness in the prevention, amelioration and perhaps treatment of other conditions a s well. The mechanism by which dietary fibre exerts its various effects have been the subject several studies. Its ability to slow food digestion and nutrient absorption is well known. This review summarises the broader literature on what constitutes dietary fibre, mechanisms of action of dietary fibre, and its impact on some disease conditions.

Keywords: Diet, fibre, disease

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