Two meals a day 'effective' to treat type 2 diabetes

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Only eating breakfast and lunch may be more effective at managing type 2 diabetes than eating smaller, more regular meals, scientists say.

Researchers in Prague fed two groups of 27 people the same calorie diet spread over two or six meals a day.

They found volunteers who ate two meals a day lost more weight than those who ate six, and their blood sugar dropped.

Experts said the study supported "existing evidence" that fewer, larger meals were the way forward.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood, meaning blood sugar levels become too high.


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You see these type studies and wonder.  I am sure eating better will help with what my doctor calls Metabolic syndrome that send us to type 2.  We are what we eat.

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This is pretty much what I do with my diabetis anyway. I skip breakfast, have lunch, skip any snacking and have dinner. My blood sugar is always at good levels using this method, and it doesn't matter what I eat - its always in a good healthy range. 

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but eating bigger meals means a bigger blood sugar spike and higher FFAs which is bad.

this study for instance

Effect of Meal Frequency on Blood Glucose, Insulin, and Free Fatty Acids in NIDDM Subjects

OBJECTIVE? We studied the effects of meal frequency on blood glucose, serum insulin, and FFAs in 12 NIDDM subjects.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS ? Subjects were assigned in random order to two 8-hr observation periods after an overnight fast. They received isocaloric diets with similar composition either as six small or as two large meals. At the end of each study period, an IVGTT was given.

RESULTS? Two large meals induced an 84% greater maximum amplitude of glucose excursions than six small meals (6.1 ? 0.5 vs. 3.3 ? 0.5 mM, P < 0.005) and higher insulin responses (P < 0.03). The Kg response to an IVGTT did not differ in the two situations. The average FFA level was lowest in response to frequent meals (P < 0.02).

CONCLUSIONS ? A higher meal frequency acutely subdues glucose excursions and reduces insulin and FFA levels during the daytime in older NIDDM subjects.


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This sounds backwards to me.


Eating small amounts is less stress on the body.


I know I do not end up feeling well after stuffing myself with 2 pounds of food.

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