Researchers at Tel Aviv University have identified a diet that could change the treatment of type 2 diabetes in many people. Unlike the current diet for diabetics, the new study found that eating three meals a day can balance blood sugar and keep it under control.
Individuals with type 2 diabetes rely on injections of the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. The drug can save lives, but it can have serious adverse effects, triggering a “vicious cycle” that leads patients to become increasingly dependent on higher doses. Weight gain and the development of cardiovascular disease are common in these patients.
The new study from Tel Aviv University found that eating a starchy breakfast in the morning and then a small dinner later in the day in people with type 2 diabetes improved blood sugar control and produced blood sugar balance. Professor Daniela Jakubowicz, lead author of the study, explains this diet:
We believe that … Diabetics may significantly reduce or even stop injecting insulin and most anti-diabetic drugs to achieve excellent control of blood sugar levels.
The researchers say these benefits may be the result of a person’s biological clock eating. Humans naturally fast at night and at night during sleep; our bodies find morning diet to be the best option, providing the energy needed for the day.
The newly detailed “3M diet” eliminates this natural dietary trend by having people with type 2 diabetes eat a breakfast of carbohydrate-rich foods such as sweets, breads and fruits in the morning, followed by a “hearty” lunch, followed by a small dinner that contains no sweets, fruit or starch.
The researchers found that study participants with type 2 diabetes who followed a 3M diet had “significantly improved” blood sugar levels and lost weight during the study. Of course, proper control of blood sugar levels is critical for people with diabetes, who should always talk to their doctor before attempting to change treatment.