Eat Breakfast and Avoid Diabetes?

May 22, 2012

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Find out if breakfast can reduce your chances of diabetes

The benefits of breakfast are becoming hard to dispute, study after study show that breakfast really might be the most important meal of the day – yes thank you mom!

The benefits of breakfast range from kids doing better in school and having less behavioral issues, to maintaining a more normal weight, more energy, better mood, and even improved memory. The latest study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that men who skipped breakfast more often had a 20 percent higher risk of type two diabetes than those who consumed breakfast. The increased risk remained even after the researchers accounted for body mass index and the quality of the subjects’ breakfasts.

Nearly thirty thousand men were studied and followed for sixteen years. Their diets, exercise, disease rates, and other markers of health were recorded. Researchers found that men who ate only twice a day also had a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. Other studies have demonstrated similar results – some researchers believe that having a morning meal helps stabilize blood sugar through the day.

Keeping blood sugar stable is key to optimal wellness. Starting off the day with a solid breakfast is key. Some great choices include yogurt with granola or cereal, a veggie omelet with whole grain toast, a yogurt based fresh or frozen fruit smoothie along side eggs. Melting cheese atop a whole grain bagel, English muffin or toast is also a protein rich option. Seed and nut butters like almond, peanut, and sunflower are not only protein rich, but rich in essential minerals as well; slice banana or strawberries on top. Nut and seed butters are extremely versatile and can even be mixed in with oatmeal to increase the nutrition content of this already nutritious breakfast choice.

Start the day right with a nutritious breakfast!