Eat Breakfast and Stay Trim

Do you remember when your mother used to nag you about having breakfast in the morning?
Recent preliminary results suggest that she may have been right.

Eating breakfast everyday may help overweight women reduce the risk of diabetes. A medical instructor at the University of Colorado, Dr. Elizabeth Thomas described how when women missed their morning meal, they developed insulin resistance which is a condition in which a person requires more insulin to bring her blood sugar back to a normal range. The insulin resistance was short-term but when it is chronic it can be a contributing factor for diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with mostly type 2 diabetes. This is a condition in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not use it effectively.

Being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes. The study does not prove causation but demonstrates a link or association between skipping breakfast and higher insulin levels. More research will be needed to conform this very.

According to the American Diabetes Association, other ways to reduce the risk of developing diabetes is to control weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and to be physically active.

SOURCES: Elizabeth Thomas, M.D., instructor, medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora

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