Your Health: May 22, 2000

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FIBER FILL Who says loading up on fiber is a waste? Just weeks after reports that fiber-rich foods probably don't protect against colon cancer, a study shows that they may benefit folks with a different disease. Diabetics who eat 50g of fiber a day--equivalent to seven or eight portions of fruits and veggies--had lower and more stable glucose levels than those who barely touched the stuff. (There was another advantage: cholesterol dropped an average of 7%.) Best foods are those high in soluble fiber, such as papaya, oranges, zucchini and whole grains like oatmeal. Insulin and some pills have...

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