As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. New research actually shows that people who consistently eat breakfast have a significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers observed 29,000 men, tracking their diets, exercise and disease rates over a period of 16 years. Roughly 2,000 people developed type 2 diabetes during this period.

The study found that men who routinely skip breakfast had a 21 percent higher chance of developing diabetes than those who didn’t. While scientists aren’t exactly clear why this is so, some speculate that breakfast may help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day.

In addition to potentially staving off diabetes, breakfast has been shown to improve mood, memory, energy levels and help control weight. See? Wheaties are still the breakfast of champions in more ways than one.



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