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Eating This For Breakfast Stops Type 2 Diabetes

By on September 9, 2014
Eating your daily breakfast is always important–but now new research says doing so could protect your from type 2 diabetes. According to scientists from London’s St. George’s University, children who consumed a daily breakfast were less likely to develop type 2 juvenile diabetes, a disease currently on the rise in the U.K. and the United States.

Those who skipped breakfast, however, faced a higher risk of developing the disease–especially if they skipped it often, according to researcher Angela Donin.

“Regular breakfast consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes risk in adults but little is known about its influence on type 2 diabetes risk markers in children,” says Donin, whose study was published in the journal PLoS Medicine. “We investigated the associations between breakfast consumption (frequency and content) and risk markers for type 2 diabetes (particularly insulin resistance and glycaemia [sic]) and cardiovascular disease in children.”

Recruiting over 4,000 UK primary school children, Donin studied them to see how the quality and frequency of their breakfasts affected their risk of type 2 diabetes, something shown in the past to be a risk factor for adults. The children had their body composition measured, submitted blood glucose samples, and described their breakfast frequency to researchers–such as if they ate breakfast everyday or if it wasn’t a daily habit. By the end of their research, they found that a majority of children ate breakfast regularly.

Then they compared other risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes with those did or did not eat breakfast–and found striking correlations. For those who did not make a regular habit, they were shown to have more risk factors for diabetes, such as weighing more and having high uncontrolled blood glucose. Those who did eat it regularly, however, had very few of these risk factors present.

Furthermore, what they ate for breakfast also made a difference in their diabetes risk. For instance, those who ate a high fiber breakfast were less likely to have insulin resistance, a risk factor that can lead to diabetes.

To Donin, this shows just how important it is for children to eat breakfast.

“Children eating a high fibre [sic] cereal breakfast had lower insulin resistance than those eating other breakfast types,” says Donin. “Children who ate breakfast daily, particularly a high fibre [sic] cereal breakfast, had a more favourable [sic] type 2 diabetes risk profile. Trials are needed to quantify the protective effect of breakfast on emerging type 2 diabetes risk.”

What You Should Do

Regardless of how old you are, these results matter, say health experts. Previous research showed that adults who skipped breakfast faced a higher risk of type 2 diabetes–and now that it’s shown to affect children as well, it makes it even more important to make it a habit.

And the best way to lower your risk/ according to researchers? Simple: Eat more fiber.

“Thus, persuading children to eat a high fiber breakfast regularly could be an important component in diabetes preventative strategies in England and potentially worldwide,” says Donin.

Readers: How often do you eat breakfast?

Sources:
Study: Children Who Eat Breakfast Daily Face Reduced Risk of Type 2 DiabetesPLOSMedicine.org
Eating Breakfast Helps Lower Risk Factors Associated With Childhood DiabetesScienceDaily.com

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