New research shows that fasting until noon can trigger blood sugar spikes in type 2 diabetics.
Skipping breakfast may seem like the easiest way to consume calories.
But, fasting the most important meal of the day could have dire consequences for diabetics, according to new study from Tel Aviv University.
The study shows that no eating until noon can trigger blood sugar spikes in people with type 2 diabetes, and impair their insulin response for the rest of the day.
“We theorized that the omission of breakfast would not be healthy, but it was surprising to see such a high degree of deterioration of glucose metabolism only because the participants did not eat breakfast,” said Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz, from the Wolfson Medical Center’s Diabetes Unit in Holon, Israel.
Beta cell memory
Based on the findings, researchers said that even reducing consumption of starch and sugars at lunch and dinner won’t have a beneficial effect if diabetics skip breakfast.
This is partially due to pancreatic cell “memory loss,” where beta cells “forget” their role – which is to regulate the insulin response – because too much time has passed between dinner and the next day’s meal, the researchers said. This causes elevated blood glucose levels throughout the day while the beta cells scramble to recover and return to their proper function.
Breakfast is essential for maintaining good health to people with diabetes.
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