Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the blood sugar level to be too high. Lifestyle intervention, including dietary control, is highly recommended as the fundamental approach for all who suffer from it.
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Diabetes is a serious condition that affects more than 4.9 million people in the UK, with 90% of these being type 2, which affects the way the body regulates sugar (glucose).
The body uses sugar for energy and between the time of 3 and 8 in the morning it starts to take out stored sugar to prepare for the next day.
That’s why it’s essential to make sure you have the right breakfast foods to help increase your energy and help keep your blood sugar healthy throughout the day.
For type 2 diabetesKeeping blood sugar in the target range as much as possible is essential to help prevent or delay long-term health problems such as heart disease, vision loss or kidney disease. Staying in the target range also improves energy and mood.
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The right breakfast foods make a person feel full and prevent overeating throughout the day. Completely skipping breakfast has also been shown to have a negative effect on blood sugar as indicated in a study published in Diabetes Care.
The research found that participants experienced extraordinary blood sugar spikes after lunch and after dinner on days when they missed breakfast.
Best foods for breakfast if you have type 2 diabetes
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Oats are a good source of soluble dietary fiber, which helps decrease insulin responses, improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood lipids.
In a study published in the National Library of Medicine, the metabolic effects of oats in patients with type 2 diabetes were analyzed.
Fourteen controlled trials and two uncontrolled observational studies were included in the analysis.
Evidence showed a significant reduction of baseline in the oat intervention group and a significant reduction was observed in subjects who consumed oats than in the control subjects.
“The current systemic review demonstrated a moderately beneficial effect of oat intake on glycemic control and lipid profiles in patients with type 2 diabetes,” the study concluded.
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Including avocado in your morning routine is a perfect choice for those who want to lower blood sugar because they are packed with vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
Avocados are also low in carbohydrates, which is great for blood sugar stability.
“Although avocado is often considered a vegetable, it is actually a fruit,” explains Dr. Sarah Brewer.
“Unlike most other fruits, avocados are low in sugar and high in oil.
“Up to 30% of the weight of avocado pulp consists of oils, of which 80% are useful monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil.
“Although they have a high energy content, avocados also have one of the highest protein content of any fruit.”
Chia seeds have become an important part of the health food scene with the demand rising for good health reasons.
The tiny seeds are a rich source of fiber that helps prevent blood sugar.
Research on 15 healthy men found that chia seeds reduced blood glucose by 39%.
Chia pudding is also easy to make and can be combined with your favorite dairy product left overnight in the refrigerator.
For even more benefit in lowering blood sugar, experts recommend adding cinnamon to your pudding.
In a 2018 study published in the journal Nutrition Research and Practice, researchers found that regular consumption of eggs could improve fasting blood glucose in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
The researchers found that eating one egg a day was enough to reduce the risk of the condition.
“Frequent consumption of eggs has been associated with a 40% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than infrequent consumption,” it concluded.