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Weight, Blood Sugar Are Better Controlled When Type 2 Diabetics Eat Fewer, Larger Meals

May 15, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Some nutritionists and healthcare professionals have urged type 2 diabetics to eat six small meals during the day to help control weight and blood sugar. But a new study by scientists in the Czech Republic finds that eating two large meals a day. Fifty-four men and women aged 30 to 70 being treated with oral diabetes drugs followed either of two restricted-calorie diet regimens (two large meals or six small meals a day) for 12 weeks, then switched regimens for 12 weeks. The researchers measured various biomarkers, including fasting blood sugar, found that type 2 diabetics on a calorie-restricted diet benefited from eating larger breakfasts and lunches rather than six smaller meals during the day.
Hana Kahleová et al. , "Eating two larger meals a day (breakfast and lunch) is more effective than six smaller meals in a reduced-energy regimen for patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized crossover study. ", Diabetologia, May 15, 2014, © Springer
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