Children with Big Breakfast are Protected from Diabetes, Heart Disease in Adulthood: Research

by Anubha Sinha on  January 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM Lifestyle News
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Children who eat full and healthy breakfast have lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome in future, says a research at Umea University in Sweden.
Children with Big Breakfast are Protected from Diabetes, Heart Disease in Adulthood: Research
Children with Big Breakfast are Protected from Diabetes, Heart Disease in Adulthood: Research

The study supports mothers who have always forced children to take substantial breakfast. As compared to children who had full breakfast, children who skipped or ate poor breakfast had 68 per cent higher chance of suffering from metabolic syndrome as adults, claimed the study, which was published in Public Health Nutrition.

Metabolic syndrome refers to abdominal obesity, high levels of harmful triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), high blood pressure and high fasting blood glucose levels.

"Further studies are required for us to be able to understand the mechanisms involved in the connection between poor breakfast and metabolic syndrome, but our results and those of several previous studies suggest that a poor breakfast can have a negative effect on blood sugar regulation," says Maria Wennberg, the study's main author.

For a person with metabolic syndrome, the chance of getting heart disease is twice more and that of developing diabetes is five times more, says National Institutes of Health, US.

As part of the study, students completing year 9 of their schooling in Luleå in 1981 were made to fill in a questionnaire regarding their breakfast. A health check-up was conducted for these students 27 years later to find out about metabolic syndrome and its various sub-components. And the results proved the mothers right. Those who neglected or had poor breakfast had 68 per cent higher chance of metabolic syndrome as adults, compared with those who had full meal.

A research at Tel Aviv University, Israel, has claimed that a 'big breakfast' diet also assists in weight loss, compared to a big dinner diet.

Another research at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said a big breakfast may help fight effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a major cause of infertility.

According to International Diabetes Federation, about 1 million people died from diabetes in India in 2012. It is estimated that in 2011, 61.3 million people aged 20-79 years live with diabetes in India and by 2030, the number is expected to go up to 101.2 million.

As per American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes, caused by high blood sugar, affects about 95 per cent of 26 million Americans living with diabetes.

Source: Medindia

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