Only two more meals a day can help people with type 2 diabetes reduce liver fat and weight. This study provides a contrast to the previous hypothesis that several small meals a day are optimal for people with type 2 diabetes.
So far, people with type 2 diabetes have mostly been advised to eat small meals throughout the day. With up to six smaller portions a day, those affected hoped to be able to satisfy their hunger and not gain as much weight. Now, a small study by the Diabetes Center, the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague provides completely different results, as reported by diabetes-austria.com. 54 people were tested between the ages of 30 and 70. The patients had a BMI of 27 to 50, were treated with oral antidiabetic drugs, and their HbA1c was between 42.08 mmol / mol (6%) and 105.46 mmol / mol (11.8%). During the study, 27 participants received a reduced diet of approximately 500 calories per day. The amount of calories adjusted to the underlying metabolic rate was then divided into six smaller meals or two more. This nutritional plan was followed for twelve weeks, after which it was changed to two meals a day.
The weight and liver fat percentage was reduced
Both diet plans ensured that the test subjects’ weight and liver fat percentages decreased. However, the result was more pronounced in the variation with two more meals a day. People had lost 3.7 kg on average, patients had only 2.3 kg with six meals a day. The liver fat portion also decreased by 0.04% with two meals a day. In the group with six meals a day fell by 0.03%. Fasting blood glucose also fell sharply in both groups; the fasting glucagon collapsed only in those people who ate two large meals a day. In the other group, this hormone arose. The level of insulin secretion and beta beta function was the same in both test groups. However, this study could only be the beginning of finding the best meal frequency for those affected. Dietitians say that longer and longer studies are needed to make recommendations.
Source: Austrian Diabetes Findings 2/2016