"Eating a healthy breakfast is probably beneficial. It
may not only help you control your weight but avoid diabetes," says Dr.
, an instructor of medicine at the University of Colorado and
the lead author of the study.
Overweight women who skip breakfast regularly place
themselves at increased risk of type 2 diabetes
, warns the new study. "Our
study found that acute insulin resistance developed after only one day of
skipping breakfast," Thomas
explains. Insulin resistance is a condition in which a person requires more
insulin to bring down their blood sugar to within normal limits. Regularly
skipping breakfast leads to chronic insulin resistance and this elevates the
risk of type 2 diabetes.
Nine non-diabetic, overweight or obese women, with an average
age of 29, were chosen for the study. Their levels of insulin and blood sugar
were measured on two different days after the women ate lunch. On day one,
measurements were taken after breakfast; on the other day, readings were taken
after they skipped breakfast. It was found that on the day they skipped
breakfast, the study subjects required "a higher level of insulin to handle the
"This is a small, but very interesting, study,"
said Dr. Ping Wang, director of the University of California, Irvine, Health
Diabetes Center. "The findings will have to be verified with larger
The study is not confirmatory, and more research is
warranted. The study just suggests an association between skipping breakfast
and higher insulin levels. Despite lack of conclusive evidence, doctors
advocate against either skipping meals or eating very frequent meals.
"Studies done in Europe have shown that a large meal in the middle of the
day is better than a large meal at dinner," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, a
professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and
director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center, in New
reveal that 61.3 million people in India had diabetes in 2011. That figure is
projected to rise to 101.2 million by 2030 according to the International
Diabetes Federation. India has
more diabetes than the United States; and is second only to China in diabetes