Which is Better for Diabetes Control: 2 Large Meals or 6 Small Ones?
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Eating two larger meals a day may be more effective for blood sugar control in diabetes patients than 6 smaller meals. A study in the journal Diabetologia of 54 patients with type 2 diabetes 30–70 years of age currently being treated with oral hypoglycemic agents were randomized to eat either 2 larger or 6 smaller meals per day. The participants in both groups consumed the same number of calories per day, but the patients eating 2 meals lost more weight compared to those eating 6 meals (-3.7kg vs. -2.3kg, respectively) and had lower fasting plasma glucose and C-peptide levels (p=0.04 vs. p=0.004, respectively). Additional large-scale long-term studies are needed before these findings can be implemented into diabetes care recommendations.
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. Experts said the study supported "existing evidence" that fewer, larger meals were the way forward.
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