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Type 2 Diabetes Blood Sugar Regulation Tip: Set Strict Meal Times

Unfortunately, the modern world has led to many unhealthy choices. Furthermore, most of these choices become factors themselves that put many people at risk of developing a wide array of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Thankfully, a new small-scale study revealed that most of these choices, particularly in lifestyle and diet, are fully modifiable, meaning they can be easily changed for the better.

When it comes to helping prevent type 2 diabetes, a change in what you eat can do a lot of help. This includes eating more healthy food and doing more exercise. Numerous studies have already proven this. At the end of the day, eating healthy and having regular exercise will do nothing but benefit you.

However, a newly emerged study revealed that to further decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as well as other metabolic conditions, you need to not only watch what you eat, but also watch when you eat. To be more specific, you can help avoid the illness by eating all of your meals within a restricted 9-hour timeframe.

The study, which was done in mice, showed that eating all of the day’s meals within a restricted time period can vastly improve your blood glucose levels, even when the diet itself is unchanged and is still generally high in fats.

To find out if the same findings would be reached in humans, the researchers replicated their experiment on people who agreed to participate in the study. Throughout the test, the participants, who were aged 30 to 70 years old, were encouraged to keep eating as much as they want. However, they were only allowed to eat from either from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or from midday up until 9 p.m.

The researchers, led by Leonie Heilbronn, an associate professor from the University of Adelaide, were able to conclude that the blood glucose tolerance of the participants improved significantly when they followed a time-restricted diet.

“Time restricted eating [regimens] demonstrate that we can enjoy foods that are perceived to be 'bad' for us if we eat them at the right time of day, ” Heilbronn said.

Even though the study was successful in determining how time-restricted diets can really regulate blood sugar levels and prevent type 2 diebetes, the team of researchers noted that a larger study over a longer duration is needed to verify their findings.