Type 2 diabetes management: Best and worst breakfast choices for diabetics


Type 2 diabetes management: Best and worst breakfast choices for diabetics

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Key Highlights

  • Diabetes is a common, but serious condition that affects millions of people around the world
  • Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially for people with diabetes
  • Know the best and worst breakfast foods for diabetics, and how they affect blood sugar control

New Delhi: Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle conditions that has affected, and continues to affect millions of people around the world. A condition that is directly linked with obesity as a leading risk factor, and the one that can harm the kidneys as well as the heart, type 2 diabetes is a difficult, but important to manage the condition. Untreated, or mismanaged blood sugar levels can lead to excessively high blood sugar that can harm the rest of your vital organs. At the same time, extremely low blood sugar levels can cause fatigue to the point of unconsciousness, which can also be very dangerous.

Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day. Especially for diabetics, breakfast is very essential since it is the first meal eaten after a fasting period of at least 8-9 hours when a person is asleep. Therefore, you must eat a healthy breakfast that helps you keep your sugar levels in check.

Best foods to add to your breakfast meal to manage blood sugar levels

  • High-fibre, low-sugar cereal – Cereal continues to be the most loved breakfast of people of all times. However, diabetics must ensure they include a high-fibre, low-sugar cereal in their diet to keep their blood sugar managed.
  • Porridge – Porridge, also known as Daliya in Hindi, is a great breakfast dish. It can be made both sweet and salty. A porridge dish with lots of nuts, no salt, and fresh fruits for natural sugar is recommended. If you go for the savoury type, keep the salt low, and add lots of veggies for the crunch and nutrition. 
  • Wholegrain bread – Wholegrain bread is a great way to begin your day. It contains just enough carbs but is not too refined, or sugary. It also contains fibre which is very important for people with blood sugar problems. 
  • Avocado – Avocado is a healthy fruit, with lots of healthy fats in it. You can add the fruit on your slice of bread for a breakfast option on-the-go.

Other healthy breakfast options for diabetics can include –

Foods diabetics must avoid for breakfast to keep their blood sugar in check

Some popular breakfast foods that are not the best choice for diabetics include –

  • Sugar in tea, coffee
  • Fresh or packed juices
  • Smoothies
  • Refined flour bread
  • Sugary cereal
  • Sugary spreads such as chocolate spread, hazelnut spread and others
  • Jam
  • Pastries, and croissants 
  • Packaged, processed foods.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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