Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You Can't Beat Breakfast!

The past few weeks I’ve reported on a number of studies related to preventing diabetes.

1.      Pre-diabetics who exercise at least 150 minutes a week can restore their dysfunctional blood vessels to normal; they get twice the improvement than seen with diabetics.
2.      A second study showed that a change of lifestyle that restores fasting blood sugar at least once in 3 years to a normal level below 100 mg/dl markedly decreases the probability of progression to diabetes.

Here’s a third study to give cheer about.

It has long been a staple of good nutritional advice to regularly consume breakfast. At MDPrevent, we practically shout it from the rooftops.  Still, there has been little research on the relationship between morning eating habits and developing diabetes -- until now.

3.      Eating breakfast is associated with a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes according to results of a new study presented by Andrew Odegaard, PhD, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis at a poster session at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 72nd Scientific Sessions.

The studied showed that for each additional day per week of breakfast intake, there was a 5% decreased risk of developing diabetes. When comparing participants who ate breakfast between 0 and 3 times per week and those who ate breakfast 5 times or more, the more frequent consumers had a 31% reduction in diabetes risk.

Still, there was even more good news. Paradoxically, the more regular breakfast eaters also gained less weight.  Now that’s having your breakfast and eating it too!

Even though those with superior diet quality had lower incidences of diabetes, it proved out that breakfast frequency was a more significant factor as it was shown to be more predictive of diabetes risk even when comparing different types of diets.  Now that doesn’t mean that butter pancakes, loaded with whipped cream and caramel are okay for breakfast.  It does mean that a healthy breakfast is both a great way to reduce your diabetes risk and start a wonderful day.

By the way, I start the day with the exact same breakfast every morning, which I try to consume within 90 minutes of awakening.  It’s comprised of a bowl of fresh blueberries, an added sliced banana, a combination of organic whole grain, high fiber, and low simple carbohydrate cereals, seduced with a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Yum, yum, yum.  I’m never hungry until lunch. Sweet!

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