A HEALTHY breakfast of high-fibre cereal may protect children against the risk of type 2 diabetes, research has shown.

Scientists studied more than 4,000 British primary schoolchildren aged nine and 10 who answered questions about what they ate for breakfast, and how often.

More than a quarter did not having breakfast every day. These children were much more likely to have blood markers associated with diabetes risk than those who always ate breakfast.

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They had higher insulin levels after not eating, and they were more insulin resistant -- their bodies were less able to respond to the hormone.

Their blood sugar levels were also very slightly higher than those of breakfasting children.