Eating a Big Breakfast and Lunch May Help Type 2 Diabetes Patients
A new study has indicated that people that have Type 2 diabetes may have significantly lower depression symptoms and less hunger pains if they ate a big breakfast and lunch rather than consuming six small meals during the day. The study was lead by Dr. Hana Kahleova from the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague.
The analysis looked at data from a previously done study that compared two restricted-calorie diets in people with Type 2 diabetes. The researchers looked at 54 people for 12 weeks as they ate six small meals a day and then a second group after they ate a large breakfast and lunch for another 12 weeks with no dinner.
With both diets the individuals say that they felt less depressive symptoms in comparison to how they felt before beginning the study. However, the participants felt that their mood was even better during the portion of the study where they ate two larger meals twice each day.
A spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association says that the effects of eating patterns on depressive symptoms in patients indicated that there is a large emotional component involve in eating. She also says that she thinks that diabetes patients should make sure to eat healthy and consume a variety of foods. She believes that despite the findings there is no right way to eat for all patients and that is simply important that they have a plan on how to spread out the consumption of carbohydrates throughout each day.
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