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Daily Breakfast may lessen Diabetes Risk

A new preliminary study presented during a medical conference shows that eating breakfast everyday may lessen the chance of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The study which includes 5,000 men and women without type 2 diabetes and was conducted by researcher Andrew Odegaard, PhD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health for the past seven years. The participants were asked to fill up a questionnaire on how many times they had breakfast in a week. Compared to those who only ate breakfast three to four times a week, those who ate daily breakfast were 34 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, 43 percent less likely to become obese and 40 percent less likely to develop fat around the tummy (abdominal obesity).

Those who also ate four to six times a week did well, too. Compared to people who ate no more than three times per week, they were 24 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and 25 percent less likely to become obese.

The findings considered age, sex, race, drinking, physical activities and fast food eating for the study.

No particular breakfast stood out according to Odegaard. “The findings held true regardless of what they ate for breakfast,” he said.

Dr. Robert E. Ratner of the American Diabetes Association said that while it is highly recommended to eat breakfast, it doesn’t prove anything.

“Having regular eating habits with three balanced meals is probably better than random eating, which may lead to weight gain and dangerously high or low blood sugar,” Ratner says. “But scientifically, the study does not offer proof.”

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