The Importance of Breakfast for Diabetics
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this is true – especially if you are diabetic.
While the very thought of breakfast makes some people feel queasy, if you are diabetic with type 1 or type 2, a swig of java before leaving the house is just not enough.
I can hear you thinking that surely skipping a meal would help keep your blood sugars low, but in fact the reverse is generally true.
High Blood Sugar in the Morning
In particular if you have type 2 diabetes you might have noticed that your morning levels are high and wondered why, when you haven’t eaten anything since your portion-controlled, healthy dinner the night before.
The reason for high blood sugar when you wake up is all to do with your hormones and your liver function. While you are asleep your liver sends more glucose out into your body for you to use as fuel. Due to the chemical imbalances caused by type 2 diabetes, there is nothing to regulate the excess flow of glucose, resulting in high wake-up readings.
This problem is particularly common in the early years after developing diabetes, so getting into the habit of eating a good diabetic-friendly breakfast then will help you maintain good glucose control, a healthy weight, and stop you craving unsuitable food later in the day.
Good Breakfast Options for Diabetics
So what constitutes a “good” breakfast for diabetics? If you are tucking into cereals with lots of milk, mini marshmallows and a sugary coating, you’ve probably got an inkling that’s not the sort of thing I am going to recommend.
Lots of doctors suggest you stick with low GI (glycaemic index) foods, which tend to be high fibre and do a great job of helping you stay full for longer. They don’t cause erratic spikes in your blood glucose levels as low GI foods release their energy slowly over a long period of time.
Lower GI breakfast cereals can be convenient – choose All Bran or other simple bran or oat cereals instead of cornflakes, Rice Krispies, shredded wheat or Special K. Avoid falling into the trap of thinking that because the packaging shows a leaping healthy-looking adult it must be good for you!
Next page: healthy toast options.