Metabolic syndrome in teens linked to lack of fiber in diet

Metabolic syndrome, often a precursor of type 2 diabetes, has become increasingly prevalent among American adolescents, and a major reason may be a low level of fiber consumption. A study that analyzed the diets of more than 2,000 teenagers found that those eating the most fiber-rich foods had the lowest risk of the metabolic syndrome.

About six percent of the subjects had metabolic syndrome, consisting of high blood pressure and cholesterol, elevated blood sugar and large waistlines. The syndrome was most common among those eating less than three grams of fiber per 1,000 calories. Recommended intake is 14 grams per 1,000 calories.

[SOURCE: “Fiber-eating teens have lower rate of metabolic syndrome,” Reuters Health, November 8, 2011]

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Last Updated May 16, 2012