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: