Skipping Breakfast: The Unknown Dangers

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What should you eat for breakfast?By: Krystle Crossman

If you have done research on proper diet you have no doubt heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and one that you should not be skipping. Yet so many people still do not eat breakfast in the morning even though there are so many health benefits.

Eating within an hour of waking up can boost your metabolism, give you energy, and help you to lose weight by curbing cravings later on. Now there is another benefit of eating breakfast that is coming to light and it is better than all of those. When you skip breakfast you increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 20%.

The Harvard University School of Public Health had its researchers conduct a study about the eating habits and the health outcomes of 46,289 women over a six year period. By the end of the study they had found out that the women who skipped eating breakfast had a 20% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those women that ate breakfast every day. This risk was made even higher with women who work full time and skipped breakfast; up to 54% higher.

In another study that was published in Diabetes Care, 3,000 men and women were studied and it was found that eating breakfast can help to lower your blood pressure and lower the risk of obesity. The study however showed that only 35% of the respondents actually ate breakfast every day.

The reason that eating in the morning is so important is because of your insulin levels. They are flat at night when you go to bed, but when you wake up and skip breakfast the levels fall. This means that when you eat later on in the day your insulin levels will spike and then crash again. Over time this can cause insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes.

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