Protein-rich breakfast can control sugar level in diabetics: Experts

One good breakfast in the morning filled with protein containing 25 to 30 grams daily can help reduce sugar sparks in Type-2 diabetes patients, revealed a new study.

Type-2 diabetes affects individuals who cannot control or regulate glucose, or blood-sugar levels, particularly after taking their meals.

“The first meal of the day is critical in maintaining glycemic control at later meals, so it really primes people for the rest of the day,” said Jill Kanaley, professor at the University of Missouri.

The researchers observed Type-2 patients’ sugar levels, and several gut hormones — which help regulate the insulin production and response — after they had their breakfast and again after their lunch.

The reserchers studied results when the participants ate high-protein or high-carbohydrate breakfasts, and the lunch in similar way with protein or carbohydrates and found protein-rich breakfast lowered post-meal glucose levels.

Proteins (Photo: University of Misouri)

Protein enzymes (Photo: University of Misouri)

Insulin levels were slightly elevated after the lunch meal with protein-rich food, which means individuals’ bodies were working appropriately to regulate blood-sugar levels, Kanaley said.

The researchers are, however, cautious about over consumption of proteins. Although it would be helpful for diabetics to eat more protein, they should not consume extreme amounts of protein to reap the benefits, they cautioned.

“We suggest consuming 25 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast, which is within the range of the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) recommendations,” Kanaley said with a note of caution.

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