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Skipping Breakfast Takes a Toll on Heart Health in Males, Study Finds

shutterstock_182509526_230 resizeA recent study confirmed that WHEN you eat is important for heart health.

Researchers asked males to complete questionnaires regarding meal content and meal times over a period of 16 years.
Findings: the individuals who skipped breakfast had a higher risk of heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease.


Lead author Leah Cahill, of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and her colleagues wrote about their findings in a July 23rd issue of the American Heart Association journal Circulation. In a statement, Leah Cahill, who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of nutrition at HSPH, provides a potential conclusion to the study.


“Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.”


The study analyzed questionnaires filled out by approximately 26,900 men ages 45 to 82, and tracked their health from 1992 to 2008. At the start of the study, all men were free of heart disease and cancer.


During a follow-up, 1,572 men experienced heart attacks or died of coronary heart disease.


When researchers analyzed the data, they found that men who said they did not have breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than men who said they regularly ate breakfast.


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