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Study finds a big breakfast is best for diabetics

by , 30 September 2013

If you have type II diabetes, you'll be glad to know that a big breakfast that includes protein and fat could help you control your hunger and blood sugar levels. Read on to discover the details of this new study…

Health24 reports that an Israeli study that was scheduled for presentation at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting in Barcelona suggests that a hearty breakfast that includes protein and fat may actually help type II diabetics better control both their hunger and blood sugar levels.

According to the report, researchers based their new study on previous investigations that found that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who skip the meal.

BMI is a measurement that takes into account height and weight. Breakfast eaters also enjoy lower blood sugar levels and are able to use insulin more efficiently.

Have type II diabetes? Find out how a big breakfast could help you control your blood sugar levels

According to a Health24 report, the trial randomly assigned 59 people with type II diabetes to either a big or small breakfast group.

The big breakfast contained about one-third of the daily calories than diabetic patients would have, while the small breakfast contained only 12.5% of their total daily energy intake. The big breakfast also contained a higher percentage of protein and fat.

Doctors found that after 13 weeks, blood sugar levels and blood pressure dropped dramatically in people who ate a big breakfast every day. Those who ate a big breakfast enjoyed blood sugar level reductions three times greater than those who ate a small breakfast and blood pressure reductions were four times greater.

The report further explains that about one-third of the people eating a big breakfast ended up cutting back on the daily diabetic medication they needed to take. By comparison, about 17% of the small breakfast group had to increase their medication prescriptions during the course of the trial.

What’s more, the people eating a big breakfast also found that they were less hungry later in the day.

Study co-author Dr Hadas Rabinovitz is quoted as speculating that a big breakfast rich in protein causes suppression of ghrelin, which is known as the ‘hunger hormone’.

“The protein in the breakfast also likely helped control the patients’ blood sugar levels, said Vandana Sheth, a certified diabetes instructor and registered dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” Health24 reports.

Findings presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Researchers say more research is needed into these findings.

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