Do You Ever Skip Breakfast?...Why?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-08-12 14:26:59 -0500
Started 2012-07-16 08:10:01 -0500

The importance of Breakfast:

We all know the saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but for diabetics, it is even more important than for most.

The longer a diabetic goes without eating, the harder it is to control his/her blood sugar levels. In the morning, blood sugar levels are low based on having fasted over night. Although breakfast will raise blood sugar levels, it will help maintain control throughout the day.

Many people with diabetes tend to skip breakfast as a way to keep their blood sugar in control, says Jennifer Regester, registered dietitian at the Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. What happens, though, is that their blood sugar drops too low. They then feel ravenously hungry, and they overeat at lunch and dinner. This causes a spike in the blood sugar, Regester explains, so the person would have been better off just eating breakfast in the first place.

If someone with diabetes wakes up with a very high blood sugar, say 300, breakfast is still recommended but should be confined to some protein, says Arrecis.

"Then you would want to skip the carbs since the blood sugar is so elevated and we don't want to aggravate that number," she says. "By the next meal, when the blood sugar goes down, then we can reintroduce carbs in a healthy way."

So, "Do you ever skip breakfast?"


24 replies

rayray215 2012-08-12 14:26:59 -0500 Report

i skip breakfest always which is a good thing for me imo cause my bs lv is so high i can remember about a yr/2 ago i would wake up to check my blood sugar it would be like 3 so yeah its good i dont eat breakfest an even if my bs was good still wouldnt eat breakfest cause i sleep till about 1/2 in the afternoon an i aint hungry as soon as i wake up an it takes me a lil while to wake up so i normally dont eat untill about 3/4

Tony5657 2012-08-12 09:17:16 -0500 Report

I never skip breakfast. That consists of just over a cup of dry old fashion oats. I put them in a bowl, add water and let that set for an hour or 2 (it reduces cooking time) then after my walk & other things (about 2 hours later), I cook it for about 1.5 minutes, until it starts to boil over. Then I add a tablespoon of ground cinnamon, a tablespoon of ground flax seed, 2 chopped up boiled eggs & a little skim milk. I stir that up, eat it and do not get hungry until lunch, around noon. I use no sugar or sugar substitutes because the ground cinnamon has a slight sweet taste - no sugar is needed.

To be honest, I do miss my home made pancakes with lots of butter & maple syrup, bacon & sausage but hey, I want to live a little longer so I'm on this path. Soon I'll be older than dirt! :o) Tony5657, 68 years young in New Braunfels, TX

techguy87114 2012-07-25 10:09:01 -0500 Report

nope, never! Always of all the meals to eat.. this is the most IMPORTANT ONE! it sets the tone for your day.

We are all busy and trying to get the "kids to school" or we are "running late for work" etc, etc.. but we have to make time for breakfast.. especially being diabetic..

hope this helps..

All the best,

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-17 05:49:16 -0500 Report

I don't skip breakfast and what I eat usually depends on my BG fasting number. I always include more protein with maybe half apple it works. For all those with D and without remember breakfast makes your metabolism kick in so that your body doesn't think you're starving yourself. This helps with weight loss! Thanks Mays!

Lizardfan 2012-07-16 15:57:52 -0500 Report

Never! Sometimes it is just a bite of something but I still eat since I have so many meds to take in the morning. Now about lunch…LOL. I do skip that sometimes!

JSJB 2012-07-16 16:22:20 -0500 Report

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Try to never skip it. As a matter of fact, I try not to skip any meals. Love to eat but now I eat lot less than I did before this condition. I just miss the foods I liked.

MrsCDogg 2012-07-16 11:28:57 -0500 Report

I NEVER skip breakfast! It may be 11am before I eat if it's on the weekend but I always have breakfast!

Nick1962 2012-07-16 10:57:10 -0500 Report

I guess if you mean breakfast in the conventional sense (first thing in the morning), then yes, I do “skip” breakfast. I’m under fairly good control right now, so like Irish once said, I “eat to my meter”.
If I’m in the 80’s in the morning (6:45 or so), one cup of coffee will give me a 5-8 point boost, and I can maintain that until 10:00 or so which is when I have my “breakfast” during the week. Weekends though, no I don’t skip because I’m usually active right after.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-16 10:52:42 -0500 Report

No Not if I can help it. I am one of those persons( not by choice ) that seems to need only 6 hrs of sleep. That makes for a long day, so I find if I eat 5 small low carb meals through out the course of the day my BG stays level. My breakfast usually consists of a one egg and ham omelet and coffee..If I skip breakfast it just messes my whole day up.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-16 10:49:49 -0500 Report

Yes I skip breakfast based on what time I ate dinner. I noticed that on mornings when I ate dinner later, I am not hungry. I know that if I eat when I am not hungry, I tend to feel full which makes me miserable and causes me to eat later in the day. However, if I wake up in the morning feeling hungry I will eat breakfast.

Type1Lou 2012-07-16 10:33:50 -0500 Report

No…sometimes, I delay it if I need to get fasting bloodwork done. I do, on occasion, skip lunch without any problem…easier to do while on MDI of Lantus and Novolog or now on a pump. When I was on NPH insulin, I didn't have the luxury of skipping or delaying meals. I HATED being tied to the clock for my meals.

Setzer 2012-07-16 10:11:55 -0500 Report

Yeah I skip breakfast sometimes. I don't usually get to sleep until the sun comes up so I sleep right through it.

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