Some scientists suspect that a morning meal helps stabilize blood sugar through the day.
The benefits of eating a solid breakfast are hard to dispute.
People who skip that all-important first meal of the day, studies show, suffer setbacks in mood, memory and energy levels. They are also more likely to gain weight, in part because of excess eating later in the day.
But emerging research suggests another advantage to consistently eating breakfast: a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
In a study published in the current issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers followed 29,000 men for 16 years, tracking their diets, exercise, disease rates and other markers of health. About 2,000 of the men developed Type 2 diabetes over the course of the study.
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Those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 21 percent higher risk of developing diabetes than those who did not.
The heightened risk remained even after the researchers accounted for body mass index and the quality of breakfasts.
Other studies have also found a link between skipping breakfast and greater risk of Type 2 diabetes. Some scientists suspect that a morning meal helps stabilize blood sugar through the day.
Some studies show that consuming a larger proportion of your calories later in the day, especially carbohydrates, has a detrimental impact on blood sugar and insulin levels.