"The results suggest that for type 2 diabetic patients on a calorie-restricted diet, eating larger breakfasts and lunches may be more beneficial than six smaller meals during the day, the researchers noted."
London, May 17 - For controlling weight and blood sugar, people with type 2 diabetes should have two large meals (breakfast and lunch) rather than six small meals with the same total calories, a key study has suggested.

Eating only breakfast and lunch reduced body weight, liver fat content, fasting plasma glucose, C-peptide and glucagon, and increased OGIS (oral glucose insulin sensitivity), more than the same caloric restriction split into six meals, said Hana Kahleov√° from the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic.

The study involved 54 patients (29 men, 25 women) treated with oral diabetes drugs, aged 30-70 years.

They were asked to follow one of two regimens of a restricted calorie diet, each containing 500 calories less than the recommended daily amount; in one programme the meals were six small meals and the other two large meals, breakfast and lunch.

The results suggest that for type 2 diabetic patients on a calorie-restricted diet, eating larger breakfasts and lunches may be more beneficial than six smaller meals during the day, the researchers noted.

The study appeared in the journal Diabetologia.


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