Diabetes Forecast

Skipping Breakfast Increases Kids’ Type 2 Risk

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Children who eat breakfast—especially high-fiber cereal—may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life, researchers say. Among a racially mixed group of 4,116 schoolchildren ages 9 and 10, a quarter said they usually skipped breakfast. Those kids had higher levels of blood glucose and insulin resistance (risk factors for developing type 2) than did children who said they ate breakfast every day. Among the breakfast-eaters, kids who ate high-fiber cereal had fewer diabetes risk factors than did those who ate other types of breakfast foods. The kids who ate no breakfast tended to eat higher-fat and less-healthful foods the rest of the day.
Source: PLOS Medicine, published online Aug. 26, 2014



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