Why Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal to a Diabetic Patient?

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Are you suffering from diabetes? Breakfast, therefore, has immense importance in your life to control blood sugar level, according to our primary care physician in OKC.

A fascinating study found that eating frequently is especially important. Twenty-nine patients using insulin were divided into two groups with diabetes (Type 2) and obesity. They had 1600 calories each day in both groups. A big breakfast, then a medium lunch, and finally a little dinner were eaten by one group. The second test group ate the type of diet usually prescribed for diabetic weight loss: six small portions of food spaced evenly from breakfast to dinner.

In the initial two weeks, glucose concentrations were monitored with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and again once the study was concluded. The group who ate big breakfasts reduced its fast glucose to 107 mg/dl from 161 mg/dl. The level of the 6-meal group dropped only to 141 mg/dl from 164 mg/dl.

People who ate big breakfasts needed less insulin, as well as experienced less hunger and food cravings. The 6-meal group needed additional insulin and even felt hungrier. The big breakfast group also lost 11 pounds on average compared to 3 pounds average gain of the 6-meal group. The study wasn’t a crossover, meaning the researchers did not switch groups and try the same experiment with opposite subjects to rule out inter-group differences causing the results. However, similar breakfast benefits were found in other studies.

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What’s a Whole Breakfast?

How do you get good benefits of eating a big breakfast? Have breakfast with plenty of protein-rich foods and fiber to stabilize blood sugar. Several good options include egg whites, lean meats, plain yogurt, milk, beans, nuts, and cheeses. Almond butter and avocados are also great options to add flavor and texture.

To balance blood glucose and keep up your energy levels, you should also eat foods rich in natural fiber such as oatmeal, whole grain cereals, vegetables. Beans and nuts are also good sources of protein as well as fiber. Do not take fruit juice or sweetened fruit for the entire day.

Time for Breakfast

Americans mostly eat only a bit for breakfast. They are often too busy to have breakfast. If glucose levels are high in fasting, you should skip or delay breakfast to keep it low. Do not skip it. Hunger may stimulate the liver to increase glucose, an effect known as the dawn phenomenon and you’ll also experience cravings.

It is better to wake up early and create time for eating. For that, you may head to bed earlier at night. Choose a menu for breakfast and prepare foods that you like. You may be able to prepare them beforehand. If you use pre-meal insulin injections, it's easier to account for the amount of carbohydrates beforehand. You're lucky if you like leftovers. Maybe for breakfast, you can divide dinner into two halves and save one half to microwave the following morning. Heated food can often be enjoyed and digested easier.

Come to Sante Clinic & Med Spa for a detailed guideline on breakfast and dietary management. Whether you have diabetes or have any other medical conditions, our primary care physician in OKC will help you stay healthy with regular checkups and dietary and lifestyle advice.

** Disclaimer: The article above implies no medical advice; it constitutes no terms between patient and doctor.