Is preventing diabetes really as easy as eating breakfast?

Yes, yes. We all know that it's important to eat breakfast. I can't tell you how much I've read about the benefits of breakfast: it helps regulate your blood sugar throughout the day, it improves memory and energy levels, etc. You've probably heard of all of this before, too. But one thing that may surprise you is that new scientific research shows that eating breakfast can have an even bigger benefit: it can help lower your risk of diabetes. Since Latinos suffer from higher diabetes risk, this is kind of big news for all of us. And I can tell you one thing: I definitely will never be skipping breakfast again!


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It's kind of crazy how small a change eating breakfast makes. All you have to do is wake up 10 minutes earlier and make this absolutely delicious breakfast polenta with warm berry compote. Or, even easier, just serve up some cereal with milk or toast with fruit. If that's really all I have to do to lower my risk of diabetes by 21%, according to research conducted by the National Weight Control Registry, then of course I'll do that! Won't you?

The most amazing thing, though, is that it's not just one study that has found a link between Type 2 diabetes, according to an article by the New York Times:

Other studies have also found a link between skipping breakfast and greater risk of Type 2 diabetes. While it is not clear why the relationship exists, some scientists suspect that a morning meal helps stabilize blood sugar through the day.

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Well, if you weren't convinced to eat breakfast regularly, then I hope you are now! I'll definitely make sure to at least have something on hand (even if it's just fruit or a nutrition bar) on days that I am too tired to actually make breakfast or woke up too late to eat before work. In fact, I'll even keep a couple snacks at work so that I can have a late breakfast when I get in. After all, if it's preventing possible diabetes, then it's the least I can do.

Do you eat breakfast regularly?

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Topics: diabetes  diseases  latino health  weight loss