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Eat Breakfast to Lower Diabetes Risk

People who eat breakfast daily are least likely to become obese, gain fat around their stomach, or develop type 2 diabetes.

Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell

What’s the Latest Development?

According to a study presented at a medical conference, eating breakfast lowers the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, gaining excessive stomach weight, or becoming obese. Researchers monitored 5,000 men and women. None of the participants had type 2 diabetes at the start of the study. The subjects were followed for an average of 18 years. Seven years into the study, researchers discovered that 34 percent of people who ate breakfast daily were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and 40 percent were less likely to develop tummy fat than people who ate breakfast three days or fewer per week. Twenty-five percent of people who ate breakfast at least four to six days per week were less likely to become obese, and 24 percent less likely to become a type 2 diabetic than people who ate no more than three days per week. Also, the study examined other factors such as age, sex, race, drinking, smoking, physical activities, daily calorie intake, and the amount of times people frequented a fast food restaurant within a week. 

What’s the Big Idea?

According to researchers, eating breakfast daily can lower a person’s risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, or fatty abdomens. The study is considered preliminaryas it has not yet undergone the “peer review” process.


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