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A pilot study examining the effects of consuming a high-protein vs normal-protein breakfast on free-living glycemic control in overweight/obese ‘breakfast skipping’ adolescents

  • International Journal of Obesity volume 39, pages 14211424 (2015)
  • doi:10.1038/ijo.2015.101
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Abstract

To examine whether the daily consumption of normal-protein (NP) vs higher-protein (HP) breakfasts improve free-living glycemic control in overweight/obese, ‘breakfast skipping’ adolescents. Twenty-eight healthy, but overweight, teens (age: 19±1 year; BMI: 29.9±0.8 kg m−2) completed a 12-week randomized parallel-arm study in which the adolescents consumed either a 350 kcal NP breakfast (13 g protein) or HP breakfast (35 g protein). Pre- and post-study 24-h blood glucose measures were assessed using continuous glucose monitoring. Although no main effects of time or group were detected, time by group interactions were observed. Post hoc pairwise comparisons assessing the post–pre changes revealed that the daily consumption of the HP breakfasts tended to reduce the 24-h glucose variability (s.d.) vs NP (−0.17±0.09 vs +0.09±0.10 s.d.; P=0.06) and tended to reduce the time spent above the high glucose limit (−292±118 vs −24±80 min; P=0.09). The consumption of the HP breakfasts also reduced the 24-h maximal (peak) glucose response (−0.94±0.36 vs +0.30±0.18 mmol l−1; P<0.01) and reduced postprandial glucose fluctuations (−0.88±0.44 vs +0.49±0.34 mmol l−1; P<0.03) vs NP. These data suggest that the daily addition of a HP breakfast, containing 35 g of high-quality protein, has better efficacy at improving free-living glycemic control compared with a NP breakfast in overweight/obese, but otherwise healthy, ‘breakfast skipping’ adolescents.

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Acknowledgements

We thank Lana Merrick, research chief, for the development and preparation of the breakfast meals. The study was funded by the Pork Checkoff.

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  1. School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

    • L B Bauer
    •  & H J Leidy
  2. Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

    • L J Reynolds
  3. Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

    • S M Douglas
    • , M L Kearney
    • , H A Hoertel
    • , R S Shafer
    •  & H J Leidy
  4. Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology; University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA

    • J P Thyfault

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