The cover picture illustrates the idea that eating only two meals a day is more effective than six smaller meals in a reduced-energy regimen. In the present issue of Diabetologia Kahleova et al report findings from a randomised crossover study showing that, in patients with type 2 diabetes, eating only breakfast and lunch reduced body weight, hepatic fat content, fasting plasma glucose, C-peptide and glucagon, and increased insulin sensitivity, compared with the same energy-restricted diet split into six smaller meals. These results suggest that, for patients with type 2 diabetes following a hypoenergetic diet, eating a larger breakfast and lunch may be more beneficial than consuming six smaller meals during the day.
Cover credit: MAXDORF PUBLISHING, PRAGUE; HANA KAHLEOVÁ, M.D., PH.D., DIABETES CENTRE, INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE, PRAGUE
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