What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the blood sugar level remains higher than normal. The intake of large amounts of sugar with an inability of the body to synthesize sufficient insulin is what defines type 2 diabetes. While insulin shots and meds lower your glucose level, you still need to eat the right food to have just the right amount of sugar to fuel your body.
Results of a study published in a journal “Diabetologia” showed that eating a high-energy breakfast and a low-energy dinner is the way to go for type 2 diabetics, as it gives better control of blood glucose. Studies have also shown that post-meal levels of insulin and incretin (a substance that triggers insulin release) change with the change in meal timings. The time at which you take your meal and the amount of food you eat in those meals are thought to play a crucial role in glucose regulation and complications of type 2 diabetes.
In a study, 18 patients with type 2 diabetes were examined. They were divided into two groups. The group that received larger breakfast had a better control of blood sugar as compared to the other group that received smaller breakfast and larger dinner. The breakfast group had 20% decrease in glucose level and 20% improved levels of insulin, c peptide and incretin.
Perks of a healthy breakfast
A healthy breakfast is not only helpful against diabetes, but is also essential for those who are trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. No matter if you are stout or lean, a healthy breakfast is important for all. It keeps you fresh, active and gives you ample energy so that you do not get fatigued easily. It is better than eating larger meals for lunch and dinner, when the body is left with only a few hours of day to break it down.
Taking a high-energy breakfast can give better control of after-meals blood sugar. It helps to control type 2 diabetes and is protective against its complications too.