High-protein breakfasts ‘could cut diabetes risk in women’

30 April 2014 

Women who eat high-protein breakfasts could better control the glucose in their blood, potentially decreasing their diabetes risk in the long term. 

In healthy individuals, the amount of sugar in the blood rises after food has been consumed. When glucose levels increase, so do levels of insulin, which carry the glucose to the rest of the body. 

It has been suggested in past research that extreme increases in glucose and insulin in the blood can result in poor glucose control, and an increase in the person’s diabetes risk. 

However, research from the University of Missouri found that when women consume high-protein breakfasts, they were able to maintain improved glucose and insulin control compared to when they opted for lower-protein or no-protein meals.

Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, explained: “For women, eating more protein in the morning can beneficially affect their glucose and insulin levels.

“If you eat healthy now and consume foods that help you control your glucose levels, you may be protecting yourself from developing diabetes in the future.”

Posted by Edward Bartel


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