Two large meals a day may benefit people with Type 2 diabetes

New research shows that two large meals a day may help people with Type 2 diabetes better control their metabolism, The New York Times reported.

Using a group of 54 diabetics ages 30 to 70, Czech researchers randomly assigned them to eat either two large meals or six smaller meals daily. All participants ate the same number of calories. After 12 weeks, the groups switched diets for another 12 weeks.

The study, published in Diabetologia, found that those who ate just breakfast and lunch reduced their weight and waist circumference. Two meals a day also lead to better fasting glucose levels, lower liver fat content and improved insulin sensitivity.

“Not only our study, but others too, show that it may be more beneficial to eat a larger breakfast and lunch with a small dinner,” lead author, Dr. Hana Kahleova, a researcher at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, told the New York Times. “We confirmed the ancient proverb: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

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