Few Large Meals Or Frequent Small Meals: What Is Better For Diabetes?

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Having small frequent meals is better in controlling sugar levels and in release of insulin than having a few large meals.

-When we have a meal, our body breaks down the food into usable energy i.e. glucose.

– After a meal, glucose levels of blood increase, and this lasts for about 2 hours. During this time, insulin is released from pancreas to bring the glucose level down and maintain it within normal range.

-When we eat a large meal, more amount of glucose is released in blood  following the meal. This requires more amount of insulin to control this surge of glucose and bring it down.

-If this process gets repeated 3-4 times in a day (i.e. 3-4 large meals are taken instead of 6-8 small meals) the pancreas are over-burdened in an effort to secrete more insulin in order to keep blood sugar under control.

-Eating small and frequent meals stimulates pancreas to secrete small amounts of insulin to control the moderate spike of glucose that happens after a small meal.

-The pancreas and insulin can then work efficiently and prevent the blood sugars from shooting too high.

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