A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has revealed that South Africa has the second highest number of people living with type 2 diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is reported that diabetes is the leading underlying natural cause of death in women and the second highest underlying cause of death for the entire population.
A healthy and balanced breakfast has been named as one of the contributing factors to reduce the risk of diabetes.
The study found that people who eat breakfast every day are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who do not eat breakfast.
It is also found that people who don’t skip breakfast are 43% less likely to become obese and 40% less likely to develop fat around the belly.
Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day.
Here are some of the benefits of having breakfast:
– It balances blood sugar levels.
– It kick-starts your metabolism
– It boosts energy levels
– It promotes heart health.
It is reported that Without having breakfast the insulin levels can drop and then spike after lunch, which might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Below are some meal ideas:
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza