The early bird may get the worm, but individuals who eat breakfast bright and early in the morning may get more protection against developing type 2 diabetes. That is the conclusion of a recent study that suggests that eating breakfast before 8:30 a.m. can help reduce several type 2 diabetes risk factors.
Lower Blood Glucose Levels and Less Insulin Resistance For Early Eaters
Presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, the study analyzed data from over 10,000 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The researchers grouped the subjects according to how many hours a day they ate food: fewer than 10 hours, between 10 and 13 hours, and more than 13 hours each day. The researchers also created six subgroups based on eating duration start-time, correlating with whether people ate before or after 8:30 a.m.
The results suggested that individuals who ate breakfast before 8:30 a.m. had a lower fasting blood sugar and less insulin resistance than those who ate later. Insulin resistance occurs when the body doesn’t respond as well to the insulin that the pancreas produces, making glucose less able to enter the cells. Insulin resistance can put individuals at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The lead researcher on the study, Marriam Ali, M.D. of Northwestern University, said that, “We found people who started eating earlier in the day had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance, regardless of whether they restricted their food intake to less than 10 hours a day or their food intake was spread over more than 13 hours daily.”
If you’re worried about your diabetes risk or have prediabetes, eating an early breakfast may be a good idea. In order to further reduce your risk, exercise regularly, limit your concentrated sweets and refined carbohydrates, and limit sugary beverages.
Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels As Part Of Your Healthy Lifestyle
For those who do develop type 2 diabetes, regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is an essential element of managing the condition and avoiding complications. Traditional blood sugar monitoring involves pricking a finger several times a day to test samples, an inconvenient and uncomfortable disruption. Now, however, technology has advanced to the point that finger-pricking may soon be a thing of the past for many people with diabetes.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a transceiver device that helps those with diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels 24 hours a day without any need to interrupt their day to obtain a sample.
CGM has easy-to-use features that can help each person proactively record and track glucose levels—as well as provide valuable insights on data that helps manage exercise, meals, and daily health status.
Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.