Diabetes Eating breakfast

Whats Your Breakfast of Champions? | Joslin Diabetes Center Blog

By Tracey Neithercott/Recipes by Robyn Webb, MS, LN

Did your mom always say that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Turns out she was right. More and more researchers who study the morning meal are finding that breakfast plays a key role in healthy living. And yet many people sacrifice it in their rush to get out the door. “The average American skips breakfast, ” says Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and author of The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes. “You’re skipping breakfast and oftentimes you skip lunch as well, so by the time you do eat, you’re ravenous and overeat.” That’s not a good idea for a number of reasons, as researchers have come to understand.

Breakfast’s Benefits
As its name implies, the purpose of breakfast is to break the fast between dinner and lunch. Here’s what happens when you don’t eat a morning meal: Your body enters into a prolonged fasting state. It starts to believe that you won’t be eating any time soon. When you finally eat lunch, your body stores it as fat because it thinks, “I’d better save this for later. I don’t know when the next meal will come.” That, of course, leads to weight gain. When you break the fast in the morning, on the other hand, your body can use that food to power you through the day.

Aside from kicking your body into gear and keeping hunger at bay, why should you bother with breakfast? “The research shows that, without a doubt, students do better in school with breakfast, ” says Brown-Riggs. “It helps in terms of fitness.” It affects the mind, too: Breakfast eaters are more productive at work, have better problem-solving skills, and increased mental clarity.

Not only that, but people who eat breakfast tend to have a healthier diet overall. “We know, when we look at the characteristics of individuals who are breakfast skippers, that they get inadequate amounts of fruits and vegetables, ” says Heather Leidy, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. “They are deficient in calcium and other minerals.” On average, breakfast skippers snack more often, eat more sugary, high-fat snacks, drink more soda, are more likely to overeat at night, and are more often overweight or obese than breakfast eaters. It’s important to note, though, that these findings so far have only demonstrated that there is some kind of link between missing breakfast and these other factors. “That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t prove causality, ” says Leidy. The big mystery is whether overweight or obese people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight or if the act of skipping breakfast leads to obesity.

Either way, breakfast is especially important for people with diabetes. For someone on insulin, if there’s no food on board, that person runs the risk of hypoglycemia. Even if you use fast-acting insulin to cover carbs, you shouldn’t avoid breakfast. “What we know from research is that there’s much better glycemic control when a person’s carbohydrates are spread out, ” says Brown-Riggs.

2004-12-03 07:54:09 by subp

Here's what I learned...

The only thing that works is eating healthy and exercising.
Forget fad diets (like Atkins), unless your doctor is supervising. These diets are good for people with problems like diabetes, but if a healthy person does it, especially incorrectly, it can be dangerous and it won't work. I learned this the hard way.
NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST! I hate eating breakfast, but studies show that people who ate breakfast regularly lost about 3-5 pounds in one month, even though they did not change anything else about their lives (they did not excercise more or eat differently). They simply added breakfast to their day

2004-02-22 05:54:43 by Not_again


I think you're perfectly correct again.
I've had severe hypoglycemia for many years and do fear it will result in diabetes. When my blood sugar falls there is a craving for an immediate source of carbohydrates. You're too foggy to cook up fish and vegetables, so you reach for the cereal and milk. This only aggravates the problem.
When I started eating fish, vegetables, and brown rice for breakfast I found that I could go much longer without food after that high-protein, high-quality carb meal.
But eating like that requires a lot of forethought--preparing brown rice in advance, thawing the fish in advance, always having green vegetables on hand

2005-05-19 00:09:02 by gaiasdreamer

You may need a nap or you may

Need to eat a bigger, more protein filled breakfast. If you skip breakfast, you're doing your body a disservice. It has to wait all day until lunch when it's starving, and then you fill it with food...and it crashes. Breakfast, whether you like to eat in the morning or not, is crucial. Try eating some eggs, or a bowl of oatmeal. No sugar. And, split the rest of your meals into small snacks. Sounds like you're eating the right things, just try experimenting with different ways to eat, different times of the day and different portions.
The other thing that you should try is taking a walk during your breaks if you can, or exercising in the morning

2009-12-05 21:18:53 by Metri

Exhausted from coughing!! Bleah!

So I had this minor cold, but now I have the post-nasal drip that makes me cough non-stop. I took the Nyquil too late last night (0200) and could barely drag myself out of bed this morning for work at 0500.
So I just took it now so it will work sooner and I can get some sleep tonight hopefully!!
And I had a code blue today. One minute she was sitting up eating breakfast, and the next time I went into the room about 30 minutes later, she was a goner. I called the code and started CPR immediately, fractured a bunch of rib joints doing it (it happens , you have to push hard), but she was just gone

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