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Q:

Is it OK to skip breakfast and lunch? Or what is the best fruit to eat in the morning if you don't like to eat breakfast or lunch? I'm type 2 and 61 years old. I take metformin twice a day. My weight is good, and I stay very active.

Amy Campbell

A:

There are no hard and fast rules regarding whether one should eat three meals a day. In my opinion, though, for both diabetes and weight control, it makes sense to space out your food intake over the course of the day. For some people, skipping meals can actually lead to higher blood glucose levels later on, as the lack of food signals the liver to release glucose, thereby raising blood glucose levels. You also need to eat in the morning to provide your body with energy for the day. In addition, it’s also difficult to meet your daily requirements of the nutrients that you need by only eating one meal each day. And finally, some research shows that skipping breakfast may lead to overeating later in the day, possibly leading to weight gain. While you can eat any type of fruit in the morning (fresh fruit is a better choice than drinking juice), my advice, if you’re not up to eating a meal, is to try a meal replacement drink that provides you with carbohydrate, protein and some fat. You can buy these drinks in your grocery store or in the drugstore, or you can make your own.

October 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm