Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that threaten your body.
The disease is the result of impaired production of insulin, a hormone that regulates the amount of blood sugar in your body. If you have diabetes, this function is impaired, which subsequently leads to high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause a series of problems (which are often the first symptoms of type diabetes), so finding alternative ways to regulate them is key to staving off further complications.
Making sensible dietary decisions can mimic the effect of insulin, but what you eat isn’t the only thing that matters.
According to Dr. Sarah Brewer, in collaboration with diabetes experts CuraLife, the timing of your meals also plays a role in blood sugar control.
Breuer advised: “You should aim to eat around the same time each day, so try to stick to your regular meal times when eating out. Eating a little a lot during the day may be better than eating three large meals, but always follow your doctor’s advice based on on the medication you are taking.
She also explained that when to eat serves as a powerful signal to your body’s internal regulatory systems.
For people without type 2 diabetes, recent research suggests that the frequency of large meals (up to six meals a day) increases health risks compared to the frequency of low meals (one to two meals a day).
This may be related to the beneficial effects of fasting in reducing cholesterol levels and inflammation, increasing the breakdown of damaged cells, and effects on gut bacteria and stress resistance.
Breuer noted that when you have type 2 diabetes, it’s important to avoid long gaps between eating in order to maintain blood sugar levels. Some people may need to eat every three to four hours, and most people with diabetes should not spend more than five or six hours between eating.”
“In general, it is best to avoid large meals as research shows that the higher the blood glucose levels after a meal, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease,” she cautioned.
It is also important to check the sugar content of the meals you eat.