admin - June 26, 2014
When your mother told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, she was absolutely right.
New research shows that eating just 2, but large, meals a day at breakfast and lunch could potentially be the best way for people with type 2 diabetes to control their weight and blood sugar. The study proved that eating fewer meals per day could improve fasting glucose levels, lower liver fat content, better insulin sensitivity and help manage weight loss.
Czech researchers assigned 54 diabetics to a 12 week diet consisting of either two or six meals per day – but the same number of overall calories. The group that ate two larger meals per day reduced their weight and waist circumference more than those who ate six smaller meals throughout the day.
These findings prove that eating two to three meals per day will work for people with diabetes. Breakfast should be the largest meal, lunch should be heavy and dinner should be light.
While meal plans can be used to help manage diabetes, the goal is always prevention. With diabetes affecting more than 26 million Americans and quickly growing, it’s more important than ever to know your personal risk factors:
- Family History
- Race (African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Asian Americans are at an increased risk)
- Being Overweight
- Physical Inactivity
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal fasting glucose screening results
If you have any of these risk factors, or are above the age of 45, it is recommended that you have a blood glucose screening once every three years.
If you are at risk for diabetes, you may also be at risk for other diseases. Download our free health screening guide to learn more about early disease detection and the power of prevention.
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