What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly using blood glucose (aka, blood sugar). When you eat food, your body converts sugars in the food into fuel your cells can use. Insulin carries that “food” into the cells where it’s used as energy for everyday tasks. If you have type 2 diabetes, however, the body becomes less capable of moving the sugar, and the cells become less responsive to the sugar they receive, too; if you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas isn’t making insulin or is making very little. The result: blood sugar levels that are too high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes and 84 million people have prediabetes (a condition that occurs when your blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be diabetes).
You’re a breakfast skipper
We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but this may be particularly true for individuals with diabetes, says Alison Massey,RD, a certified diabetes educator at Frederick Primary Care Associates in Frederick, MD. Waiting too long to eat in the morning might result in hypoglycemia, or blood glucose that is too low. “Even when my clients aren’t typical ‘breakfast eaters,’ I encourage them to incorporate a small snack into their morning routine, like Greek yogurt with some berries or a hard-boiled egg and slice of whole grain toast,” she says. It doesn’t have to be a sit-down meal, but make sure you have something healthy in your body so you don’t crash. Follow these healthy breakfast rules for diabetics.