Diabetes Breakfast Mistakes to Avoid
By Chris Iliades, MD Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH
If you have diabetes, eating a bad breakfast is a big mistake. Get tips from an expert on healthy breakfast foods for diabetes.
Mom is still right: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when you have type 2 diabetes. Your diabetes diet needs to give you a healthy supply of energy to jump start your body in the morning.
“Remember that first thing in the morning, you’ve gone many hours without eating and your body needs fuel,” says Kelly O’Connor, RD, director of diabetes education at the endocrinology center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “If you’re not giving it any, it will create its own in the form of stored blood sugar that gets released into your bloodstream — which often results in blood sugar that’s too high.”
Healthy breakfast food is also a must when it comes to diabetes control and weight management. “Remember that when your body is fasting, you’re not giving it any energy, so it slows down to conserve what it has left, which is counterproductive,” O’Connor says. The trick is to keep your metabolism going all day long at a steady rate. “The simple solution to both of these issues is to eat a good breakfast,” she says.
Avoiding Breakfast Mistakes
Breakfast blunders can happen during the week when you wake up late and try eating breakfast while running out the door, or on the weekend when you go out for a big breakfast.
However, the biggest mistake to avoid is skipping breakfast altogether. When you go too long without eating, your body goes into starvation mode. And when you finally give in to hunger later in the day (and probably overeat), your body will grab all the fat from your meal and store it. That’s bad for anyone, especially for someone with type 2 diabetes.
Here are some other breakfast mistakes to avoid:
Source: Everyday Health