Millions of people get this priceless offer every year. It’s a golden opportunity. And maybe even a last chance to save their own life.
Yet, most of them turn it down.
Now to be fair, like most great opportunities, this one is often clearest after it’s already passed. And by then, it could be too late.
It’s the chance to block one of America’s worst chronic diseases BEFORE you become its next victim.
I’m talking about prediabetes, the last stop before diabetes town. It’s clearly marked with signs… things like rising blood sugar, increased thirst, excessive urination, blurred vision, and fatigue… so you can exit the deadly train in time.
Still, many folks simply don’t take advantage of what turns out to be a very limited time offer.
But if your own blood sugar is creeping up, the latest research reveals a way YOU can seize the moment. It’s another opportunity to take a step that could reverse prediabetes and stop diabetes in its tracks.
This golden ticket, with a funny little name, doesn’t get anything close to the attention it deserves. But today, I’m going to shine a spotlight on inulin.
How probiotic chow helps block diabetes
Inulin is a key prebiotic and a very special type of fiber.
And when I say special, I mean it. Because you won’t find much of it in the “whole grains” that most people think of as the best sources of fiber.
As I’ve explained before (you can catch up here), a PREbiotic is essentially PRObiotic chow. It feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut that help with everything from digestion to immune function.
Emerging research is finding probiotics can even help with mood, memory, and more. But for people with prediabetes and diabetes, these friendly bugs could do something else just as critical.
Studies find probiotics can help regulate blood sugar. But this benefit only kicks in when they’re operating at peak function.
That’s where inulin enters the picture. In the new study, just 15 grams of inulin per day in people with prediabetes led to two key improvements.
- First, it enhanced fasting insulin, a critical part of the body’s glucose regulation.
- Second, it improved HOMA-IR, a marker of insulin resistance that highlights how your prediabetes is progressing toward diabetes.
The inulin supplements led to improvements in the populations of healthy bacteria you need on your side, including Actinobacteria, Bifidobacteriales, Bifidobacteriaceae, Lactobacillaceae, Bifidobacterium, and Lactobacillus.
And it led to lower levels of two you want nothing to do with—Alistipes and Desulfovibrionaceae—which crank out toxins and drive inflammation.
Boost inulin to improve blood sugar
If this connection was seen in just one study alone, it would simply be “interesting.” And something to keep our eyes on. But a review of 33 clinical trials published two years ago came to this same conclusion.
Inulin could help folks avoid diabetes.
The nearly three dozen trials the scientists reviewed found inulin can improve fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, just as we see in this new research.
That analysis also found two other critical improvements. The folks with well-fed probiotic populations had better…
- fasting blood glucose
And obviously, when you’re trying to avoid diabetes or even reverse the disease, those two measurements are vital.
The new study used supplements, which are widely available and easy to find. But you can also get more inulin in your diet by choosing the right foods.
As I mentioned earlier, inulin is a fiber. But not one you’ll find in most grains. Load up on asparagus, leeks, garlic, chicory, Jerusalem artichokes, and bananas to bump up your inulin intake.
But there’s one more inulin source many folks aren’t familiar with yet. It’s called jicama. And personally, I think it’s one of the best additions to salads since those mini bell peppers I’m obsessed with.
In fact, I sang its praises a few years ago right here in Healthier Talk. To find out everything you need to know about this probiotic-friendly food—including how to pronounce its name properly—click here.