admin - December 13, 2013
Ever heard the phrase breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It turns out this saying may be true – especially for patients who are suffering from diabetes, specifically, type 2 diabetes. According to several new studies, a large breakfast can provide a number of benefits for diabetes patients.
An Israeli study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes showed that individuals suffering from diabetes who ate a large breakfast over the course of three months experienced lower blood sugar levels than those who did not. In fact, almost 33 percent of those very same individuals were able to lower the amount of diabetic medication they needed to take.
The Israeli study used 59 subjects who suffered from type 2 diabetes and split them into two groups: a small breakfast group and a large breakfast group. The large breakfast provided roughly 33 percent of the daily calories that the subjects would have as well as more protein and fat than the small breakfast. The small breakfast only contained 12.5 percent of the subject’s daily calories.
After 13 weeks, the study found that the blood sugar levels as well as the blood pressure levels of the subjects who ate the large breakfasts dropped significantly. In fact, the blood sugar levels were reduced three times as much in patients who ate larger breakfasts compared to those who ate smaller breakfasts, and their blood pressure was reduced four times as much.
While around 33 percent of the subjects who ate large breakfasts were able to reduce their diabetic medication, almost 17 percent of the subjects who ate smaller breakfasts ended up having to increase their medication during the study. In addition, the subjects who ate larger breakfasts were much less likely to feel hungry throughout the day.
The results from this study aligned with those of previous studies concerning diabetes patients and breakfast. Previous studies showed that individuals who ate breakfast on a regular basis were more likely to have a lower body mass index compared to individuals who skipped breakfast. Height and weight are both taken into account in order to come up with the body mass index measurement. Previous studies also discovered that individuals who ate breakfast tended to have lower blood sugar levels and were also able to use insulin much more efficiently.
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