Dietary recommendations to help manage insulin resistance generally focuses on the types of food to eat and avoid. For example, you should eat more lean proteins and whole grains while limiting white bread and concentrated sweets. However, the time you eat may be just as important as what you eat.
A new study has found that the timing of food consumption may also impact diabetes risk. This article will cover how having an early breakfast can positively impact insulin resistance and diabetes risk.
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?
Your pancreas creates the insulin hormone to allow blood sugar into your cells for energy. In a person with type 2 diabetes, cells won’t respond normally to insulin; this is insulin resistance. In an attempt to get the cells to respond, the pancreas will create more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas will not be able to keep up with rising blood sugar, which is the precursor for type 2 diabetes.
High blood sugar causes other damaging side effects and serious health problems like kidney disease, vision loss, and heart disease.
An Earlier Breakfast May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University in Chicago discovered that people who had breakfast before 08:30 had reduced blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance than people who ate later in the day.
Their findings conclude that timing is more strongly related to metabolic measures than the eating duration and supports earlier eating methods.
Reducing Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be challenging to spot and usually develop unnoticed over several years. Thanks to a recent study, we now know that eating an early breakfast may help to reduce the risk. Other ways to help lessen the risk include maintaining a healthy and balanced diet and regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight.