Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/19/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Two meals a day may be more effective than smaller, regular meals, doctors say

The standard notion is that three square meals a day is the best nutritional advice across the board. Now, some doctors say that restricting mealtimes for diabetics to strictly breakfast and lunch can be more effective than eating, smaller regular meals.

Some doctors say that restricting mealtimes for diabetics to strictly breakfast and lunch can be more effective than eating, smaller regular meals.

Some doctors say that restricting mealtimes for diabetics to strictly breakfast and lunch can be more effective than eating, smaller regular meals.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/19/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Diabetes, lunch, breakfast, bigger meals


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers in Prague fed two groups of 27 people the same calorie diet spread over two or six meals a day. Volunteers who ate two meals a day were found to lose more weight than those who ate six, and their blood sugar dropped.

These findings support "existing evidence" that fewer, larger meals were the way forward.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood, meaning blood sugar levels become too high.

Diabetes left untreated can lead to heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, light-sensitive eyes and kidney disease. In the United Kingdom, 90 percent of all diabetics have type 2 form of the disease.

Current advice for diabetics is three meals a day, with healthy snacks.

In order to reach their conclusion, scientists at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague divided a group of 54 volunteers aged 30 to 70 with type 2 diabetes into two groups of 27 people.

Volunteers were then given either a six-meal-a-day diet for 12 weeks followed by a two-meal day diet, or vice versa.

The second group ate between 06:00 and 10:00 and then between 12:00 and 16:00, while the first group ate their food throughout the day.

Weight loss for the two-meal group averaged three pounds more, as well as losing an inch-and-a-half more from their waistlines.

"The patients were really afraid they would get hungry in the evening but feelings of hunger were lower as the patients ate until they were satisfied," Lead scientist Dr. Hana Kahleova, at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine said. She described the results as "very pleasing.

"When they ate six times a day the meals were not leaving them feeling satisfied. It was quite surprising."

Kahleova said the study could also apply to people without diabetes who were trying to lose weight.

Dr. Richard Elliott, research communications officer at Diabetes U.K., said the study added to evidence that eating fewer, larger meals a day could be more effective than smaller, frequent meals at helping people manage their condition.

"However, larger studies over longer periods of time will be needed to back up these findings before we would make changes to the dietary advice given to people with type 2 diabetes," Elliot said.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet, being active and maintaining a healthy weight, alongside taking any medication was "vital" to effectively manage the condition, he said.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Health

GROSS! This was in his brain for four years! Watch

Image of A type of parasitic tapeworm, just a little over 0.3 inches in length, burrowed its way through the brain of a British man for four years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what has to be one of the most bizarre cases in recent medical history, a series of brain scans have been made which charts the path of a tiny parasitic tapeworm as it burrows its way through the brain of a British man. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This ... continue reading


Obesity: It isn't just deadly, but each year it costs the globe TWO TRILLION! Watch

Image of Obesity is the third largest economic burden on the world, just $.1 trillion behind the costs of smoking and war and terrorism.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It should come as no surprise to anyone that terrorism and war hurt the global economy. What is incredible is that just behind them in terms of actual cost is smoking, and obesity. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A new report from the economic consulting firm ... continue reading


Creation of John Paul II Medical Research Institute

By Alan B. Moy, MD

The Catholic Church has a long-standing history in health care, education and medical research. The Church was the first during the Middle Ages to create the university system and medical centers. Some of the early scientists were clergymen like Gregor Mendel, who was ... continue reading


Welcome to the horrifying future where women are used and abortion rampant Watch

Image of In the future, according to one dire prediction, babies will come from test tubes and sex will be purely for recreation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The professor and chemist who invented the birth control pill has now claimed that advances in IVF will render the pill obsolete allowing people to plan pregnancies and engage in sex for recreational purposes only. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Prof. Carl ... continue reading


Eat healthy, exercise and take statins - and live to be 120 years old Watch

Image of A

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While immortality still remains out of reach by scientific standards, some scientists now say they have worked out how we could make it to 120. Exercising more, eating healthy and taking statins they claim are key to slowing the aging process. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Dignity Health loses moral compass, settles overcharge scandal for $37 million Watch

Image of Catholic facilities, built and supported by Catholics, should remain Catholic.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The San Francisco-based Dignity Health hospital chain has agreed to pay a $37 million settlement to clear up allegations that they overcharged patients between 2006 and 2010. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dignity Health, a chain of 13 hospitals that was built by ... continue reading


'Elite controllers' claim that they can spontaneously 'cure' HIV Watch

Image of AIDS/HIV remains a scourge throughout the African continent and homosexual men in urban areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's another claim made by researchers about a disease that continues to devastate the world. Scientists say they have uncovered the genetic mechanism which appeared to have led two HIV-infected men to experience a "spontaneous cure - and that the discovery ... continue reading


Sierra Leone sees Ebola cases 'spreading quickly' Watch

Image of There have been 2,413 Ebola deaths in Liberia, 1,510 in Sierra Leone, 1,018 in Guinea and eight in Nigeria.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While in other parts of West Africa, new Ebola cases appear to be tapering off, new cases continue to rise "frighteningly quickly" in areas of Sierra Leone. The international campaign group the Africa Governance Initiative, or AGI found that in rural parts of ... continue reading


'Hyper-connected' brain created by popular hallucinogen 'Magic Mushrooms' Watch

Image of Some magic mushroom users have reported tasting colors, seeing noises or feeling smells.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A popular, if illegal natural hallucinogen, "magic mushrooms" inspired the art and music of the hippie counter-cultural generation. Scientists now claim they are closer to understanding why magic mushrooms cause people to have such intense creative and even ... continue reading


Convenient and easy! Why your next trip to the dentist could prove a lifesaver Watch

Image of A new study out of UCLA has shown that genetic molecules that can signal an early warning for certain diseases can actually be found in saliva as well as blood.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Soon, dentists may be able to test for diseases such as cancer, dementia, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes or even auto-immune diseases, a new report from the University of California Los Angeles, has revealed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. David Wong, the ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 14:1-3, 4-5
1 Next in my vision I saw Mount Zion, and standing on ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 [Psalm Of David] To Yahweh belong the earth and all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:1-4
1 Looking up, he saw rich people putting their ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 24th, 2014 Image

St. Andrew Dung Lac
November 24: Through the missionary efforts of various religious families ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter