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Behind the headlines: Are “two meals a day 'effective' to treat Type 2 diabetes”?


BBC Online and The Times have reported that eating two larger meals a day may be better for managing Type 2 diabetes than eating fewer, smaller meals throughout the day. 

But whilst the story is based on a new research study, people with Type 2 diabetes should not start changing their diet as a result of this story. 

Dr Hana Kahleova of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, who led the stud, said: “The evidence is definitely conflicting. We don’t really have a definitive answer on this topic.” 

Dr Richard Elliott, research and communications officer for Diabetes UK, said: "This study contributes to our overall understanding of diet and Type 2 diabetes, but does not provide conclusive evidence that eating fewer, larger meals a day could help people with Type 2 manage their condition more effectively than eating smaller meals more frequently. 

“Larger studies over longer periods of time will be needed to back up these findings before we would consider making changes to the dietary advice given to people with Type 2 diabetes.

“What we do know is that eating regular meals as part of a healthy balanced diet, taking regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, together with taking any medication prescribed by your doctor, is vital for effective management of Type 2 diabetes.” 

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