Low glycemic index foods (55 or less), by virtue of their slow breakdown (or digestion) and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and then insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low glycemic index diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because the low glycemic index foods help control appetite and delay hunger. Low glycemic index diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance. It has been suggested that having an eating pattern that contains lower glycemic indexed foods is associated with better long term health.