Eating only two meals a day may fight diabetes
Eating two meals a day, rather than eating smaller, more regular meals, may be an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
Scientists at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague recruited 54 volunteers with type 2 diabetes between ages 30 and 70, whom they split equally into two groups. Over the course of 12 weeks, both groups were fed a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and other sources of fiber and had the same daily caloric intake. The first group ate two daily meals—one between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and one between noon and 4 p.m.—while the second group ate six meals spread out throughout the day.
The researchers found that the group that ate two meals lost more weight and had lower blood sugar levels than the group that ate six meals a day. Experts said that the results have significant implications for people with type 2 diabetes, since they are at risk of elevated levels of blood sugar, which can lead to other complications such as heart disease and stroke. Researchers concluded that the study could apply to both people with and without diabetes, but larger studies are needed in order to confirm the findings.