The Health Benefits of Oatmeal

Medically reviewed in September 2021

Get yourself on the fast track to blood sugar control with a bowlful of this at breakfast: oatmeal.

Studies show the health benefits of oatmeal may include diabetes prevention and blood sugar control in those who already have the disease. Pretty powerful for lumpy stuff.

Points for Oatmeal
In one study, people with diabetes and out-of-control blood sugar followed a brief oatmeal-only diet. In just 2 days, their fasting blood sugar levels fell by 40 points—a huge drop. They were able to reduce their insulin doses—but don't even think of trying that without speaking to your doctor first. And we're not advocating eating oats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, either. But spooning it up regularly at breakfast seems like a mighty fine idea. (Find out why adding cinnamon to your oatmeal boosts blood sugar benefits.)

Dump Diabetes Today
The reason oatmeal is such a great grain for blood sugar control is the beta-glucan—a form of fiber that creates a thick gel that slows down digestion after a meal, so blood sugar stays lower and steadier. And it works at a molecular level to reverse insulin resistance, when cells ignore insulin's signal to absorb blood sugar (the root cause of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes). In addition to reaping the health benefits of oatmeal, take these four other steps toward proven diabetes control:

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