Why children should not skip breakfast from their diet?
Skipping breakfast in childhood may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later in life, a British research reveals. Scientists at Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and St. George’s London universities found that children who skip breakfast are more resistant to insulin – a key factor in the disease.
They examined more than 4,000 primary school pupils aged nine and ten and found that those who did not have the morning meal were more likely to have blood markers associated with diabetes risk. They had higher insulin levels and their bodies were less able to respond to the hormone, which normally regulates the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. As a result, they had very slightly higher blood sugar levels than children who regularly ate breakfast.
The study published in the journal PLOS Medicine concluded: "Our findings suggest that regular breakfast consumption, particularly involving consumption of a high-fibre cereal, could protect against the early development of type 2 diabetes risk".
However, Dr. Alasdair Rankin - director of research at "Diabetes UK" which funded the study, said: "We already know that giving your child a healthy breakfast, as part of a balanced diet, can have a range of benefits for health and wellbeing. More research will be needed to help us understand the exact link between eating breakfast and the development of type 2 diabetes".