Skip breakfast? You might be at risk for diabetes

Here's another reason not to skip the most important meal of the day: diabetes.

A study from the University of Colorado at Aurora has found that women who don't eat breakfast are more likely to experience acute insulin resistance, weight gain and metabolic problems.

Insulin levels remain elevated

Participants in the study were, on average, 29 years old, and all but one were regular breakfast eaters. The women ate a standard dinner the night prior to the testing, and they were given a normal lunch four hours after either eating breakfast or skipping it. Researchers collected blood samples every 30 minutes after lunch for three hours, after which the women ate a standard meal for dinner.

Results showed that insulin levels between the women who ate breakfast and those who did not weren't significantly different in the morning. But for women who had skipped breakfast, insulin and glucose levels were much higher after lunch, remaining elevated during days that breakfast wasn't eaten.

"In summary, these results indicate that skipping breakfast may contribute to the development of insulin resistance, which may predispose to further metabolic derangements and possibly progression to type 2 diabetes mellitus," the study abstract stated.

More research on habitual breakfast skippers

Lead study author Dr. Elizabeth A Thomas of the University of Colorado at Aurora plans to continue the research on women who habitually skip breakfast, as well as control for factors like exercise.

She noted that about 10-20 percent of Americans regularly don't eat breakfast.

Source: LA Weekly

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