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Low-carbohydrate breakfast keeps blood sugar in limits for 24 hours in diabetes

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Low-carbohydrate breakfast keeps blood sugar in limits for 24 hours in diabetes
low-carbohydrate breakfast keeps blood sugar in limits for next 24 hours in diabetes, according to a new study.

Eat your breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like pauper is an old saying.Some may prefer high calorie cereals like champions, but this dictum does not hold good for people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and they should be rather opting  for something else.

According to the results of a study conducted by Associate Professor Jonathan Little at  UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, a high-fat, low-carb breakfast (LCBF) can help those with T2D control blood sugar levels throughout the day in diabetics.The study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Study participants, with well-controlled T2D, completed two experimental feeding days. On one day, they ate an omelette for breakfast and on another day, they ate oatmeal and some fruit. An identical lunch and dinner were provided on both days. A continuous glucose monitor–a small device that attaches to your abdomen and measures glucose every five minutes–was used to measure blood sugar spikes across the entire day. Participants also reported ratings of hunger, fullness and a desire to eat something sweet or savory.

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Little’s study determined that consuming a very low-carbohydrate high-fat breakfast completely prevented the blood sugar spike after breakfast and this had enough of an effect to lower overall glucose exposure and improve the stability of glucose readings for the next 24 hours.

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We expected that limiting carbohydrates to less than 10 per cent at breakfast would help prevent the spike after this meal,” he says. “But we were a bit surprised that this had enough of an effect and that the overall glucose control and stability were improved. We know that large swings in blood sugar are damaging to our blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. The inclusion of a very low-carbohydrate high-fat breakfast meal in T2D patients may be a practical and easy way to target the large morning glucose spike and reduce associated complications.”

“The results of our study suggest potential benefits of altering macronutrient distribution throughout the day so that carbohydrates are restricted at breakfast with a balanced lunch and dinner rather than consuming an even distribution and moderate amount of carbohydrates throughout the day.”

The large blood sugar spike that follows breakfast is due to the combination of pronounced insulin resistance in the morning in people with T2D and because typical Western breakfast foods–cereal, oatmeal, toast and fruit–are high in carbohydrates,” says Little.

Breakfast, he says, is consistently the “problem” meal that leads to the largest blood sugar spikes for people with T2D. His research shows that by eating a low-carb and high-fat meal first thing in the morning is a simple way to prevent this large spike, improve glycemic control throughout the day, and perhaps also reduce other diabetes complications

As another interesting aspect of the research, participants noted that pre-meal hunger and their cravings for sweet foods later in the day tended to be lower if they ate the low-carb breakfast. Little suggests this change in diet maybe a healthy step for anybody, even those who are not living with diabetes.

He does note that there was no difference in blood sugar levels in both groups later in the day, suggesting that the effect for reducing overall post-meal glucose spikes can be attributed to the breakfast responses with no evidence that a low-carb breakfast worsened glucose responses to lunch or dinner.


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    Amelio Batohanon April 13, 2019, 6:44 pm

    What is the benefit of sharing this information without telling the readers exactly what to eat or how to eat a low carb high fat diet? This is like BS statement

  2. there are thousands of you tube videos and books
    when educating about nutrition, do you own rather than being told what to do

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    Dr Shilpi Prasad April 13, 2019, 3:31 pm

    I think we can take almonds,eggs and cheese sandwich which may give low carb and high fat diet

  4. So you just explained you flew to the moon but did not tell me how you got there and what type of vehicle you flew in. How about telling us the exact foods and quantities to consume to achieve these results.

  5. There needs to be more data shared regarding this type of diet like fluctuation on cholesterol, it\’s not a silver bullet if if affects others aspects of health negatively.

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    raman balasubramanian April 12, 2019, 11:11 pm

    I used t take cereal, donut and coffee for breakfast on one day.
    Then another day I skipped Donut but took cereal, coffee and an egg. This time I used to get hungry later than when I got eggless breakfast. May be adding bacon or sausage for breakfast , in stead of egg could have the same effect. Probably egg,bacon,sausage etc., have ingredients that stay longer in gut, slow to be digested and absorbed. this probably is case with high fat and low carb diet.

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