The breakfast that fights diabetes

The epidemic of diabetes in the U.S. has fueled an astounding rise in health costs. If you want to protect yourself from this scourge, researchers at the University of Missouri have identified the breakfast foods that lower your risk.

A high-protein breakfast containing, eggs, meat or fish helps control your blood sugar, reduces your insulin release and are factors that can reduce your chances of diabetes.

The Missouri research was carried out on women.

“For women, eating more protein in the morning can beneficially affect their glucose and insulin levels,” says researcher Heather Leidy. “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.”

Leidy’s tests compared the different effects of eating a breakfast of pancakes, with only about 10 grams of protein, to having eggs and sausage, which has up to 39 grams.

“Since most American women consume only about 10-15 grams of protein during breakfast, the 30-39 grams might seem like a challenging dietary change,” Leidy said. “However, one potential strategy to assist with this change might include the incorporation of prepared (high protein) convenience meals, such as those included in this study.”

Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.