Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Study: Skipping Breakfast Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Posted By on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Your Mom was right: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Researchers have discovered that skipping breakfast could lead to an increased risk of heart attack.

The study looked at the eating habits of about 27,000 men aged 45 or over in 1992. About 13 percent of the men, who were all educated healthcare professionals, said they skipped breakfast regularly. After 16 years, 1,527 suffered fatal or non-fatal heart attacks, around 171 of them men who had said they didn't eat a morning meal. About 7 percent of men who skipped breakfast had heart attacks, compared to 6 percent who ate breakfast.

Researchers calculated that older males had a 27-percent-higher risk of dying of a heart problem within 16 years of the first assessment if they skipped breakfast regularly, when all other factors were considered.

“We've focused so much on the quality of food and what kind of diet everyone should be eating, and we don't talk as often on the manner of eating," said Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. "This study is not even discussing the type of food. It's just talking about behavior and lifestyle choice. Part of heart-healthy living is eating breakfast because that prevents you from doing a lot of other unhealthy things."

The new findings were published in the journal Circulation.

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