Skipping breakfast could increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to new research.

A study found that having a morning meal triggers the body’s fat cells to eat up sugar rather than store it. The process could help regulate the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar levels, and prevent the body from producing excess fat which commonly triggers diabetes and heart disease. 

This research adds to the popular idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it has been found to decrease the risk of obesity, regulate metabolism and provide lasting energy to get you through the day.

Skipping the meal has been linked to atherosclerosis or the build-up of fats, cholesterol and plaque in the artery walls which can lead to various other conditions including heart disease.

The team in Bath and Nottingham,  found that fat in obese people responds less to insulin than in lean people and the decrease related to the person’s total amount of body fat.

For six weeks, the researchers asked 49 adults, 29 lean and 20 obese, to either eat breakfast every day before 11am or fast until mid-day. 

Participants in the breakfast group  were asked to consume 350 calories within two hours of waking up and at least 700 calories by 11am each day.

The fasting group consumed no energy until midday. 

Before and after the six weeks, the researchers measured metabolism, body composition, appetite responses and markers of metabolic and cardiovascular health.  

They also measured the participants’ fat for the activity of 44 different genes and key proteins. 

The team studied the ability of the fat cells to take up sugar in response to insulin and found that eating in the morning increased that ability.

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