If you often miss your breakfast, the findings of a new study might change your approach. As per a new study, people who get up early do not just stay healthy. But also have better blood sugar levels as compared to their counterparts. Who do not wake up early and do not eat their breakfast in time.
The study present at ENDO 2021, a virtual conference from The Endocrine Society. The conference took place earlier this year in March. The findings of the study we see that eating early in the morning hours is linked to lower insulin resistance. And a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The lead researcher of the study from Northwestern University in Chicago revealed how researchers observed. That is when people who started eating earlier in the day have less insulin resistance and lower blood sugar. The results were regardless of whether the individuals restricted their food intake to 10 hours or less than 10 hours in a day.
Analysing the study
To draw patterns between meal timings and levels of blood sugar and insulin. The team of researchers analysed data derived from 10,575 adult Americans. All this we do from a national survey on health and nutrition. We all see that intermittent fasting or eating during a 10-hour window or less each day is linked to higher insulin resistance. In short, people who fasts are less responsive to insulin and this resistance becomes a risk factor for developing type-2 diabetes.
The findings of this study are in contrast with some earlier studies. That claimed fasting might improve insulin sensitivity and control an individual’s blood sugar levels. But regardless of whether the person fasts or not, people eating their first meal before 8:30 am have lower levels of insulin resistance. In the study, we see that the timing of eating is more strongly associated with metabolic measures than duration.
Researchers analyzed data from over 10,000 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Their subjects are group according to how many hours a day they consume food. Fewer than 10 hours, 10–13 hours, and more than 13 hours per day. Six subgroups based on eating duration start-time were created as well, correlating with whether people ate before or after 8:30 a.m.
While the different timing intervals did not result in a significant difference in insulin resistance. Researchers did find a difference among different subgroups. Specifically, results suggest that those who ate before 8:30 a.m. had a lower fasting blood sugar when compared with those who ate after 8:30 a.m.
How Can People Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk?
Although the development of conditions like type 2 diabetes can sometimes be out of our control due to our family history, certain dietary and lifestyle choices can reduce the risk in some cases. You can make some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle which may help you maintain a cube of healthy blood sugar and combat insulin resistance.