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Have a yummy breakfast when you have type 2 diabetes, says new research

by , 26 February 2015

Trying to control your blood sugar when you have type 2 diabetes may leave you eating small portions of food throughout the day.

But a new study says you should focus more on what you have for breakfast to keep your blood sugar under control.

In fact, you should have a high energy breakfast and then eat smaller portions of food throughout the rest of the day.

Here's why.

The higher energy your breakfast is, the better control you’ll have of your type 2 diabetes

 
Experts from two Israeli Universities came together to determine what the best type of diet is for people with type 2 diabetes.
 
The European journal, Diabetologica, published the study and this is what the research found.
 
Their eighteen patients, who all had type 2 diabetes and were receiving treatment for it, had to follow a specific diet for a week.
 
One group ate a very high energy breakfast and then low energy meals for the rest of the day. The other group ate a low-energy breakfast and then made up most of their calories in their evening meal.
 
When researchers checked their blood sugar level maintenance, those on the high energy breakfast diet had far better control of their type 2 diabetes than the other group.
 
They showed at least 20% lower blood sugar spikes and 20% increase in their insulin levels too. So that means the high energy diet in the morning definitely worked to stabilise their symptoms.
 
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Speak to your doctor about your type 2 diabetes diet

 
The first thing to do is to speak to your doctor about changes to your current diet.
 
You can start following a diet with a high energy meal in the morning. But make sure you stick to your overall calorie requirements.
 
For example, if you eat 600 calories at breakfast, break down the rest of your meals and snacks so you don’t eat over approximately 900 calories for the rest of the day.
 
And don’t forget to eat healthy foods! Having a high energy breakfast doesn’t mean you should eat high glycaemic or unhealthy foods. It just means you can have more food of a healthier and sustained slow-release energy variety.
 
Bottom line: Choosing the right foods to keep your blood sugar stable is as important as when you eat when you suffer from type 2 diabetes. So take that into account when you establish your diabetes management plan.

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