Is it okay to eat only twice a day if I have diabetes?

While it is often recommended that those with or without diabetes eat three regular meals and sometimes planned snacks if needed, registered dietitians are trained also to consider and respect each individual's lifestyle and preferences when it comes to food and eating behavior.

If you are able to meet your nutritional needs, keep your weight and blood sugar level stable in a healthy range, and have energy for your daily activities, then two meals per day may work out just fine. If you are taking medication for diabetes, this may need to be reconsidered, but discuss your nutrition habits with your physician and registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator for specific guidelines and advice.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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