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Breakfast Tips for Diabetics

It is true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having breakfast is the best way to increase fibre in your diet. Breakfast helps kick-start your metabolism the right way. Studies suggest that skipping breakfast regularly can increase the chances of a heart attack or coronary heart disease by 27%. It can also lead to increase in the chances of obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, all linked to diabetes.

Studies also state that skipping breakfast makes you overeat during the day  and in turn making it difficult for those trying to lose weight.Therefore skipping breakfast in no circumstance is a good idea especially for people with diabetes or those looking for diabetes management. Breakfast on the go can lead to blunders when in a hurry.

Here are a few tips that might help bring the best out of your diabetic diet:

  1. Eat even if your sugar is high: It is very important that you do not skip your morning meal even if your blood sugar levels are high. Studies suggest that people who eat breakfast are better able to resist fatty acid and high calorie foods consumed later during the day.
  2. Eat at the same time: Try and eat at the same time every day as this brings consistency in your meals and sugar levels during the day.
  3. Have breakfast at home: You cannot avoid restaurants forever but try and make it a practice to always have breakfast at home.

Foods that you can opt for:

  1. Oatmeal: This is one of the best breakfast options for diabetics, Each cup of oats contains approximately 4 grams of fibre. Oats help regulate blood sugar levels and keep you fuller for longer. This in turn helps you avoid junk.
  2. Yogurt: Starting your day with plain yogurt is also advisable. But don’t be fooled by flavored yogurt as they contain more calories in comparison to plain ones.
  3. Have the fruit: Make sure to have the fruit as a whole instead of its juice. Juice has concentrated carbs and lacks fibre.
  4. Cinnamon: Have a cup of cinnamon tea or sprinkle some over you food. Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels.  
  5. Muesli: Also called uncooked oats, they are also a great breakfast choice. They contain resistant starch known to be good for the gut and insulin resistance.
  6. Eggs: Hard boiled eggs are a great on the go option. They save time and impact cholesterol positively.

Apart from keeping a track on your diet, it is important to keep an eye on your blood sugar levels. You can use a Smartphone Glucometer for the same.

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