Diabetic Patients may Benefit from Single Large Meal Than from Smaller Meals

by Kathy Jones on  November 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM Diabetes News
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A new study conducted by Swedish researchers has found that eating a single large meal is more beneficial for diabetic patients compared to eating a number of small meals throughout the day.
 Diabetic Patients may Benefit from Single Large Meal Than from Smaller Meals
Diabetic Patients may Benefit from Single Large Meal Than from Smaller Meals

The study was conducted by researchers at Linkoping University who studied the effects of three different diets among a group of 21 diabetic patients. The patients were randomly divided into three groups to follow either a low-fat diet, a low-carbohydrate diet and a Mediterranean diet and blood samples were collected on the study day at six different time points.

The researchers found that while the low-fat diet was responsible for the highest increase in blood glucose levels, it had lower levels of triglycerides compared to the low-carbohydrate diet. Mediterranean diet on the other hand did not lead to high blood glucose levels even though it was consumed as a large single meal.

"It is very interesting that the Mediterranean diet, without breakfast and with a massive lunch with wine, did not induce higher blood glucose levels than the low-fat diet lunch, despite such a large single meal. This suggests that it is favorable to have a large meal instead of several smaller meals when you have diabetes, and it is surprising how often one today refers to the usefulness of the so-called Mediterranean diet but forgets that it also traditionally meant the absence of a breakfast", lead researcher Professor Fredrik Nystrom said.

Source: Medindia

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