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Advantages of Less-Frequent, Higher Calorie Meals

Feb 11, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: George McConnell, PharmD. Candidate, LECOM School of Pharmacy 

Diet and lifestyle changes are essential counseling points in patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many diets have been proposed to help control diabetes. Diets are often hard to stick to, and patients frequently require increasing intervention, with many patients eventually requiring insulin. Insulin therapy frequently results in weight gain, which may increase insulin resistance, resulting in a need for even more insulin; thus, preventing weight gain is very important. One diet that has been suggested is a six-meal diet that consists of three meals with three snacks between those meals. This study argues that the evidence for such suggestions is inadequate. Previous studies have supported the idea of decreasing meal frequency to two or three meals daily, with meals earlier in the day....

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