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Daily Breakfast Helps Weight, Reduces Diabetes Risk

06/18/12

  10:08:54 am, by MedBen5   , 203 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Daily Breakfast Helps Weight, Reduces Diabetes Risk

A new study demonstrates once again that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. WebMD reports that researchers found that people who start each day with a healthy meal are less likely to have weight issues or develop diabetes.

The multi-decade study monitored the health of over 5,000 men and women, none of whom had type 2 diabetes at the start of the study. The researchers noted that, compared to people who ate breakfast three or fewer times a week, people who ate breakfast daily were:

  • 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  • 43% less likely to become obese
  • 40% less likely to develop fat around the tummy (abdominal obesity)

The chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association agrees a sensible breakfast is good advice, but not to read too much into the findings. “Having regular eating habits with three balanced meals is probably better than random eating, which may lead to weight gain and dangerously high or low blood sugar,” Ratner told WebMD. “But scientifically, the study does not offer proof.”

Ratner, who was not involved with the study, suggested that people who eat three meals a day may make healthier lifestyle choices to begin with, which could explain the association.

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