Big breakfast or lunch benefits people with type 2 diabetes

It has long been known that eating breakfast is a good way to start the day. But now eating a large breakfast could benefit people with type 2 diabetes. A recent study came to the conclusion that individuals with type 2 diabetes may have less depression and fewer hunger pains if they eat a larger breakfast and lunch, compared to smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.

Larger breakfast and lunch is the key

This research used data from an already existent study. It was a comparison of two diets with 54 people who had type 2 diabetes. Each participant ate six small meals a day for 12 weeks, and then ate a large breakfast and lunch for another 12 weeks. As expected, participants of both diets reported feeling a lot better with less depressive symptoms, but the ones on the large breakfast diet had more significant results. Dr. Hana Kahleova, the lead author of the study, said “Eating large breakfasts and lunches may be more beneficial than the usual snacking model […] People who eat less frequently may feel fuller and more satisfied when they do eat, rather than feeling hungry all day long from eating small meals.

The importance of managing food intake

Everyone knows it can often be difficult to control how much food you eat. Managing how often the participants ate was the key to getting results from the study. There is a condition called Disinhibition, which is when a person has the tendency to overeat. This condition was shown to improve in the patients who were on the two-meal diet. The participants hunger also was less apparent while on the two-meal diet when compared to the participants on the other diet. There is also an emotional side to how much one person eats. Depressive symptoms can play a big part in how often and how much a person eats. Because of this, it can be hard for some to develop a plan for diabetes and control their eating. In order to get results and improve the quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes, the most important thing is to construct a plan for when they eat and how they spread out their intake of carbohydrates throughout the day. There needs to be a healthy balance of food to make the plan work out in the long run.

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