Skipping Breakfast May Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Patient Expert

You wake up, check your Facebook page and Twitter account, and then jump in the shower. After pulling on your work clothes, you check the day's weather forecast before heading out to your car to drive to work. Does this seem like a typical morning routine to you? Or is something missing? And by missing, I mean eating breakfast, which is increasingly being found to be the most important meal of the day.

A good breakfast offers numerous health benefits, as illustrated by this video:

New research studies breakfast and type 2 diabetes

A new large study out of Japan looked at whether eating breakfast has an effect on the development of type 2 diabetes. Researchers followed 4,631 participants who were between the ages of 35-66 at the start of the study. The study, which ran from 2002 through 2011, analyzed the frequency of participants' self-reported consumption of breakfast. Using this information, the researchers divided the participants into subgroups - those who skipped breakfast; those who ate breakfast 3-5 times weekly or less; and those who always ate breakfast.

A total of 285 participants developed type 2 diabetes during the course of the study. Interestingly, the researchers' analysis found that the participants who skipped breakfast were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than participants in the other two groups.

Healthy breakfasts

Yes, eating breakfast is important to your health; however, what you eat is equally as important because some foods aren't really all that healthy (such as the sugary cereal, the bagel or the doughnut which we often grab for convenience). Instead, opt to induldge in some healthy foods, such as:

  • Raspberries, which are a great source of fiber
  • Oatmeal, which has fiber and includes carbohydrates that are slowly released and don't spike the blood sugar
  • Plain yogurt, which offers you protein
  • Peanut butter on whole-grain bread
  • Eggs, which also are a great source of protein

And don't think that making a good breakfast has to be a major time-consuming production. This morning I tossed my leftover roasted vegetables (red and white onions, carrots and fennel) into a skillet and heated them up. I threw in a couple of eggs and - voila - I had a quick, easy and tasty omelet. It was a great way to start today

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Primary Sources for This Sharepost:

Uemura, M., et al. (2015). Breakfast skipping is positively associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus: Evidence from the Aichi workers' cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology.

Wright, B. (ND). 5 healthy breakfast foods for weight loss. Eating Well.