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The diet mistake that's sending your blood sugar haywire

It can be the wakeup call of a lifetime. You're sitting on an examination table across from your doctor when he gives you the bad news.

You need to lose weight fast, or you're on the fast track to diabetes. The next thing you know, you're counting calories the way Ebenezer Scrooge counted his pennies.

But believe it or not, there's one calorie-counting move -- a potentially dangerous dietary mistake -- that millions of people are making every single day. And it could send your risk of developing diabetes and even heart disease through the roof.

A new study shows that skipping breakfast sends your blood sugar levels skyrocketing and could be especially dangerous for people at risk of becoming diabetic.

Researchers followed a small group of people for two days, feeding them a well-balanced breakfast the first day and asking them to skip the meal on the second.

Simply missing breakfast led to blood sugar levels that were a whopping 40 percent higher when measured after lunch and dinner.

And if you watch your blood sugar closely, I don't have to tell you that a 40 percent swing can take you from "normal" to deep in the danger zone.

Other studies have shown that people who eat breakfast every day are less likely to develop heart disease, which makes sense because these sugar spikes are incredibly damaging to your ticker.

So why on earth would skipping a meal actually send your blood sugar levels soaring? Well, it doesn't -- at first.

When you haven't eaten in a while, your glucose levels start to crash. That's when your pancreas secretes a hormone called glucagon that releases glucose your body has been storing.

That causes a blood sugar spike -- and once your sugar levels climb, it's harder to bring them back down.

I've talked to lots of patients over the years who skip breakfast, and I realize it's not just about cutting calories -- it's about avoiding temptation.

Between those frosted donuts, onion bagels, and sugar-loaded cereals, we're bombarded with more junk food options at breakfast than practically any other meal throughout the day.

But taking the time to cut some fresh fruit or grill up some healthy protein -- like an egg or a few strips of bacon -- can help you avoid damaging blood sugar spikes for the rest of the day.

If you're a breakfast skipper, that's one habit I'd like to see you try to break this week. Because science is proving that mom was right (again) when she said breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

To Your Health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.

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