A recent study by scientists at the University of British Columbia found that consuming a low-carb breakfast can help regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
This is because, after every meal, there is a significant increase in blood sugar levels, which can be exaggerated in people with diabetes.
Previous research has found that breakfast often leads to the largest blood sugar increase after meals for people with type 2 diabetes.
The study aimed to determine whether reducing carbohydrate intake at breakfast could be a simple and feasible way to reduce the daily blood sugar surge after meals.
The researchers tested 23 adults with type 2 diabetes, who ate two different breakfasts in random order.
One breakfast was a very-low-carb high-fat meal that contained eggs, while the other breakfast was a meal that followed dietary guidelines-recommended nutrients. Both groups ate the same lunch and dinner.
The researchers found that the low-carb breakfast significantly reduced blood sugar surge after breakfast without harming blood sugar levels after lunch or dinner.
Overall, after-meal blood sugar levels and blood sugar changes were lower with the low-carb breakfast compared to the guideline-recommended breakfast.
Additionally, the participants reported lower hunger ratings before dinner with the low-carb breakfast than with the guideline-recommended breakfast.
The researchers concluded that a very low-carb, high-fat breakfast that includes eggs could lower blood sugar surge after meals.
This simple strategy appears to be effective in lowering overall after-meal blood sugar levels and improving blood sugar stability in people with type 2 diabetes.
However, one limitation of the study is that it only tested the effects of breakfast in two 24-hour periods, so the benefits of the low-carb breakfast may be short-term.
Future research is needed to examine the long-term benefits of a low-carb breakfast for blood sugar control.
Overall, this study provides important insights into a simple and effective dietary strategy for managing blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
By reducing carbohydrate intake at breakfast and increasing consumption of healthy fats and protein, individuals with diabetes can improve their blood sugar stability and reduce their risk of complications.
The research was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and was conducted by Jonathan P Little et al.
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