News Flash—  Source from The Unicity eNews | March 15, 2005
Unicity Presents New Data on Bios Life 2® at National Scientific Meeting
Proves effective in lowering cholesterol levels for type 2 diabetics.

A new study that was performed with Bios Life 2 has been accepted for presentation at the 6th Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology that will be organized from April 28th to April 30th in Washington DC.

In this study, the lead researchers, Steven Freed and David Joffe, added 2 or 3 packets of Bios Life2 to the diet of 78 type 2 diabetics.

After 90 days, the average LDL cholesterol levels were reduced by 28%, while the HDL cholesterol levels raised by 22%. Elevated cholesterol levels are a problem for everybody in the Western World, but in particular for diabetics. Dr. Peter Verdegem, Unicity Chief Scientific Officer, will present the results to the cardio-vascular medical community.

Full text of the abstract:

The Clinical Impact of Fiber Supplementation on Cardio-Vascular Risk Parameters in Type 2 Diabetes

Fiber supplementation, in particular of the soluble kind, has known beneficial effects in lowering the cardio-vascular risk profile by lowering serum cholesterol. It is thought that bile-acid sequestration of cholesterol in the digestive system is the main mechanism for cholesterol reduction. This study investigates the efficacy of Bios Life 2®, a fiber supplement combining soluble and insoluble fiber, which has been specifically designed for cholesterol lowering.

This study included 78 type 2 diabetes patients with an average age of 59. At baseline, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, and HDL were assessed. The subjects then added 10 - 15 gram of the fiber supplement to their diet for 90 days. At the final visit, the parameters were re-assessed. The fiber supplement is taken as a drink, and consists of guar gum, gum arabic, locust bean gum, pectin, and oat fiber dispersed in calcium carbonate. In addition this product contained chromium, and B-vitamins. Five grams were taken 2 - 3 times daily 5 -10 minutes prior to eating.

The compliance with the fiber supplementation was excellent. The supplementation with fiber resulted in beneficial changes to the assessed parameters. The changes are listed in the table.

Supplementing the diet with this fiber drink to a level as recommended by the American Heart Association has clear beneficial effects on the lipid profile of type 2 diabetics. This specially designed fiber supplement has promising effects as an alternative treatment to pharmaceutical intervention for hyperlipidemia.

Peter J.E. Verdegem, Ph.D., Steven H. Freed, R.Ph., David J. Joffe, R.Ph., CDE, FACA, Unicity International, Orem, UT


Baseline average

90-day average

% change

Total cholesterol

215 mg/dL




299 mg/dL




129 mg/dL




43 mg/dL



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