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The Right Breakfast Helps Diabetics after Lunch

A small study suggests that eating a balanced breakfast rich in protein and complex carbs can help stabilize your blood sugar later in the day.

By Leah Zerbe


The Right Breakfast Helps Diabetics after Lunch

Great start: Breakfast helps people with diabetes have a better day.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—What you eat for breakfast impacts how your body handles lunch, too. A small but promising study out of the United Kingdom found that eating a meal after waking up in the morning helps stabilize blood glucose levels later in the day, an important finding for people with type 2 diabetes.

THE DETAILS: The very small study, published this month in the journal Diabetes Care, investigated metabolic changes that took place after lunch in eight obese adults with type 2 diabetes. While insulin levels were comparable, those who ate breakfast enjoyed a considerably lower spike in blood glucose after lunch when compared to those who skipped breakfast.

WHAT IT MEANS: The simple act of starting the day with a good breakfast can help people who have type 2 diabetes manage their condition. And if it’s a healthy meal, it can lessen the risk of developing diabetes in the first place. “The only eating plan that helps reduce the likelihood of type 2 diabetes is a balanced and healthy diet, along with not being overweight, exercising, and—new information out today—not smoking,” says registered dietician and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Christine Gerbstadt, MD.

Dr. Gerbstadt says the following are excellent breakfast choices for people with type 2 diabetes—or anyone, for that matter:

Published on: July 15, 2009
Updated on: March 30, 2010

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I think that it would be really interesting to create such discussion with other this website visitors. Anyway thanks a lot one more time for the great and informative publication.

Now you tell me

You are doctor did not tell me I had D2 for almost 3 years. By that time I was suffering from ED, my count was sky high, and I was guzzeling water all day. Even then he only wrote it on a travel form I needed for a trip...never said a word to me!!

Great for everyone to eat a balanced breakfast

THank you and it should be for all ages to eat breakfast with protien and complex carb.

Maybe we would have less pre diabetic's.



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