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?"
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