What is diabetes?
Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly handling 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 diabetes, however, the body becomes less capable of moving the sugar, and the cells become less responsive to the sugar they receive, too. The result: blood sugar levels that are too high. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes (a condition that occurs when your blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be diabetes).
You’re a breakfast skipper
Julia Sudnitskaya/Shutterstock 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 registered dietitian and director of diabetes education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 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.