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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Another Way to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes--EAT BREAKFAST!

People skip breakfast for various reasons. They may not have time, they are trying to lose weight, or they are just not breakfast people. But none of these reasons are good reasons to eliminate the most important meal of the day. In fact, skipping breakfast can increase the risk of diabetes particularly in women who are overweight or obese.

Research done at the University of Colorado among women who were overweight or obese showed that their glucose (sugar) levels were much higher on days when they skipped breakfast. By the time they ate lunch, glucose levels spiked in order to handle the meal. For women who are at risk for diabetes, skipping breakfast is a bad habit to develop.

So, why is breakfast so important? It's not just eating breakfast but also what you eat for breakfast that is so important. Breakfast gives you the opportunity to give the body a third of its daily requirement of protein, fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Also, eating a healthy, balanced meal at breakfast can help you lose weight. So, that means you can't count a donut as a healthy breakfast!

Eating a good breakfast requires planning, especially for those who are not in the practice of starting the day with a good breakfast. A good plan would be to create a menu for each day of the week so you know exactly what you're going to have each morning. Keep it simple, like yogurt with fruit and granola, bananas, whole grain toast, and even an egg casserole that you can prepare ahead of time and just warm up in the microwave. Combine this with some regular exercise and you will be well on your way to preventing diabetes.
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