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Type 2 Diabetes - Eating Patterns and the Risk of Diabetes

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

We have all been told it's important to eat a healthy breakfast to get the best start ever for the day. Children who eat breakfast in the morning have higher grades than those who don't; and adults who eat breakfast have less tendency to become ravenous by lunch time.

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, United States, shows eating a healthy breakfast could help to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

This study was reported in March 2012 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and included 29,206 US men who did not have:

  • Type 2 diabetes,
  • heart and blood vessel disease, or
  • cancer

...at the start of the project in 1992. During the study 1,944 cases of Type 2 diabetes were diagnosed...

  • the men who did not eat breakfast were found to have a 21 percent higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than the men who did eat breakfast
  • eating snacks beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner were associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, which appeared to be caused by an increase in body weight.

Blood sugar levels go down during fasting and up when we eat. Perhaps allowing blood sugar levels to drop between dinner and lunch and then making up for lack of breakfast with a large lunch makes for too high a jump in blood sugar levels.

When blood sugar levels rise so does insulin, so perhaps a large rise in insulin produced by a large rise in sugar could result in insulin resistance. Whatever the reason, skipping breakfast was associated with an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, so why not get up a little earlier in the morning and have breakfast?

Breakfast need not be complicated or time-consuming to prepare to be nutritious. A one-cup serving of Kellogg's All-Bran Buds has:

  • more than half the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber, as well as
  • 10 percent of the RDA's of vitamins A, and C and D.
  • it has more than the RDA for vitamins B6, B12 and folate,
  • 24 percent of the RDA for thiamin,
  • 25 percent of the RDA for riboflavin, and
  • 26 percent of the RDA for niacin.
  • it also contains 2 percent of the RDA for calcium,
  • 25 percent of the RDA for iron, and
  • 15 percent of the RDA for magnesium.

All for only 225 calories. So eat your breakfast and stay away from the snacks. Mum was right!

By the way, do you want to learn more about how to be healthier and live longer in spite of having Type 2 diabetes. If so, I suggest you check this out: Natural Diabetes Treatments

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