A new study has found people who eat breakfast after 8:30 a.m. may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Insider reports the study, which is set to be presented at ENDO 2021 – a virtual conference from The Endocrine Society found that eating in the early hours of the morning is associated with lower insulin resistance and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
“We found people who started eating earlier in the day had lower blood sugar levels and less insulin resistance, regardless of whether they restricted their food intake to less than 10 hours a day,” Dr. Marriam Ali, lead researcher of the study from Northwestern University in Chicago, said in a press release reported by Insider.
“These findings suggest that timing is more strongly associated with metabolic measures than duration and support early eating strategies,” Ali said
The findings were part of a study on fasting, Insider reports, but researchers found there was a benefit to eating an early breakfast even if you aren’t fasting.
According to Insider, the study, which analyzed data from 10,575 adult Americans, found that intermittent fasting was linked to higher insulin resistance making them less responsive to insulin – a hormone that regulates blood sugar.
However, people who ate breakfast prior to 8:30 a.m. had a lower level of insulin resistance, regardless of whether they had fasted or not.