The Habit of Skipping Breakfast and Its Relation to Diabetes
Apart from causing the body to lack energy to start the day, lazy breakfast is also considered to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. How can these two things be related? Check out the full explanation here.
Often skipping breakfast and its relationship with diabetes
Breakfast is the most important meal to start the day. In fact, a study revealed, not having breakfast can trigger a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that not having breakfast once a week can lead to a 6 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This number can increase to 55 percent if you skip breakfast between 4 and 5 times per week.
Meanwhile, several other studies have shown that skipping breakfast can actually increase insulin resistance, a condition in which glucose builds up in the blood, causing the body’s blood sugar levels to be above normal.
In severe conditions, this condition can lead to type 2 diabetes. When blood glucose levels are above normal but have not yet entered the criteria for type 2 diabetes, this condition is called prediabetes.
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Lazy breakfast in the morning is also associated with an increase in blood sugar after lunch and dinner. This can put unfavorable pressure on the body and lead to unhealthy eating patterns.
Having a poor diet can increase your risk of several diseases, including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
You need to know, currently there are around 10 million people with diabetes in Indonesia. It is estimated that in the next ten years the number can increase 2 to 3 times.
Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of diabetics worldwide continues to increase and is recorded at 422 million (four times more than 30 years ago).
Therefore, to prevent the risk of type 2 diabetes, doctors will usually recommend lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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Healthy Breakfast Tips for Diabetics
A healthy breakfast is something that is important for people with diabetes to do. For example, a moderate serving of carbohydrates is combined with lean protein and vegetables, such as vegetable scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast, or yogurt with blueberries.
Meanwhile, breakfast that is not recommended for diabetics is cereal made with refined grains, milk, juice, and white bread. These foods are a breakfast of highly processed, dense carbohydrates and are sure to cause spikes in blood sugar after consuming them.
Even so, further research is needed to ascertain not only how the influence of regular breakfast, but also the effect of breakfast composition on diabetes risk. So, regular and balanced breakfast is recommended for everyone, including diabetics.
- Anonymous. 2018. Diabetes: Sufferers in Indonesia could reach 30 million people in 2030. https://p2ptm.kemkes.go.id/tag/diabetes-penderita-di-indonesia-bisa-menreach-30-juta-orang-pada-tahun-2030. (Accessed January 30, 2023)
- Gray, Dan. 2019. Eating Breakfast Every Day Can Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/skipping-breakfast-can-increase-your-risk-for-type-2-diabetes. (Accessed January 30, 2023)
- Rauf, Don. 2019. Eating Breakfast Regularly May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk. https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/diet/skipping-breakfast-tied-higher-type-2-diabetes-risk/. (Accessed January 30, 2023)
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