Carb-Rich Breakfasts May Help People With Diabetes Live Longer, New Study Suggests

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that is certainly the case with people with diabetes. But not all breakfasts are created equal, and a new study suggests that including carbohydrate-rich foods in the first meal of the day  – and throttling back on the carbs later in the day – may help people with diabetes live longer.

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism on March 15, 2022 found that participants with diabetes who ate carb-packed veggies like potatoes for breakfast were less likely to die of heart disease. The same was true of study participants who ate whole grains in the afternoon and those who ate leafy, dark vegetables in the evening. Conversely, eating a lot of processed meat at night was correlated to a higher risk of dying of heart disease. The study comes in the wake of previous work from the same researchers which concluded that people with diabetes had improved survival rates if they regularly ate a bigger breakfast than dinner.

The study involved researchers from Harbin Medical University in China who analyzed 11 years of follow-up data from 4642 Americans as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) study. Based on 24-hour food questionnaires, the researchers compared eating habits with levels of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality over time.

The researchers’ data modeling implied that switching even a tenth of a serving to a more optimal mealtime was linked to a significant risk reduction. For instance, swapping a portion of potatoes to breakfast from dinner, or whole grains to breakfast from lunch.

The study results suggest the timing of nutrient intake could help people with diabetes match their meals to their natural biological rhythms of insulin sensitivity to improve their longevity.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Makes It Easy To Catch High Blood Sugar In The Morning.

Blood sugar levels go up and down throughout the day, including first thing in the morning. The best way to start your day and keep your blood sugar levels in the right zone is to check those levels when you wake up.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a proven, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that provides real-time glucose readings every few minutes through a tiny sensor underneath the skin. This sensor measures your interstitial glucose level and then sends the data to a pager-like monitor or an app on your smartphone. An alarm will sound if your blood sugar becomes too high or too low.

With 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—CGM is a game-changer for individuals with diabetes.

If you have recently received a diagnosis of diabetes, ask your doctor about CGM and contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18

*The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations

‡‡‡Based on the sensor being replaced once every 14 days, and scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§§Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading