Reduced Need for Diabetes Medication

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Would you like to be more in control of your diabetes? Recent studies show that eating a big breakfast including fat and protein may be a good way to do this.

What do I need to do?

According to an Israeli study at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting in Barcelona, Type 2 diabetics who ate a big breakfast (~1/3 of your daily calories) actually experienced lower glucose levels over a three month period.

Why is that significant?

The significance lies in controlling both hunger and blood sugar levels, which can mean the possibility of less medication or possibly eliminating it if glucose levels remain steady.  Moreover, the idea for the study stemmed from the fact that, overall, people who eat breakfast have a lower body mass index (BMI).  This is because their blood sugar levels are lower and they are able to use their insulin more efficiently.

This study primarily focused on Type 2 diabetes patients but the science is there to support that this meal manipulation technique can help anyone improve their health and even just their day by stabilizing glucose levels.

Will any breakfast do?

No, and this is because of what happens when the nutrients break down in your body.  100% of the time, carbohydrates will convert to glucose, causing your blood sugar to spike within 15 minutes to an hour.  This means it’s important to have a good amount of protein and fat to keep blood sugar levels steady (it will also keep you from getting hungry right away!).

So, if you want to take control of your blood sugar levels and possibly your waistline, grab a big, protein-packed breakfast to fill you up every morning.

 By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 9-30-2013, 9:00 AM

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