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Should a diabetic eat a large breakfast?

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A study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes shows patients who eat a large breakfast for three months have lower blood sugar levels, according to MedicineNet.com. A hearty breakfast of protein and fat helps people with type 2 diabetes lower blood sugar levels and control hunger.

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Should a diabetic eat a large breakfast?
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In this study, findings show after 13 weeks, patients who eat a big breakfast every morning dramatically lower their blood sugar and blood pressure levels, notes MedicineNet.com. Their blood sugar level reductions are three times greater and blood pressure reductions four times greater than those eating a small breakfast. Eating a big breakfast can help cut back the amount of daily diabetic medication needed.

The big breakfast contains approximately one-third of a person's daily caloric intake, explains MedicineNet.com. The big breakfast is rich in protein, taking longer to convert into glucose, thus helping patients control blood sugar levels. The data from this study is viewed as preliminary until published in a peer review journal.

The best combination of breakfast foods for a diabetic are eggs, breakfast meats and whole grain bread or toast, notes About.com. Breakfast meats can include ham, turkey bacon, regular bacon and sausage. Eggs can be eaten with or without the yolk.

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