HEART ATTACK: Do Not Skip Breakfast!

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Have You Had Breakfast? If you haven’t, you might need to eat something after reading this.

A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of a heart attack than those
who ate a morning meal. There’s no reason why the results
wouldn’t apply to other people too.

Other studies have suggested a link between breakfast and
obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems seen as precursors to heart problems.
“But no studies looked at long-term risk of heart attack,” said
Eric Rimm, one of the study authors at the Harvard School of
Public Health.

Why would skipping breakfast be a heart attack risk?

Experts aren’t certain, but here’s what they think: People who
don’t eat breakfast are more likely to be hungrier later in the
day and eat larger meals. Those meals mean the body must
process a larger amount of calories in a shorter amount of time. That can spike sugar levels in the blood and perhaps lead to clogged arteries.

But is biscuits, soft drinks, or chips really better than eating nothing?

The researchers did not ask what the study participants ate for
breakfast, and were not prepared to pass judgment on whether a fatty, sugary breakfast is better than no breakfast at all.
Other experts agreed that it’s hard to say.

“We don’t know whether it’s the timing or content of breakfast
that’s important. It’s probably both,” said Andrew Odegaard, a
University of Minnesota researcher who has studied a link
between skipping breakfast and health problems like obesity
and high blood pressure.

“Generally, people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier
diet,” he added.

The new research was released Monday by the journal
Circulation. It was an observational study, so it’s not designed
to prove a cause and effect. But when done well, such studies
can reveal important health risks.

The researchers surveyed nearly 27,000 men about their eating habits in 1992. About 13% of them said they regularly skipped breakfast. They all were educated health professionals – like dentists and veterinarians – and were at least 45.

Over the next 16 years, 1,527 suffered fatal or non-fatal heart
attacks, including 171 who had said they regularly skipped
breakfast.

In other words, over 7% of the men who skipped breakfast had heart attacks, compared to nearly 6% of those who ate
breakfast.

The researchers calculated the increased risk at 27%, taking
into account other factors like smoking, drinking, diet and
health problems like high blood pressure and obesity.

As many as 18% of U.S. adults regularly skip breakfast,
according to federal estimates. So the study could be important news for many, Rimm said.

“It’s a really simple message,” he said. “Breakfast is an
important meal.”

Glowville
Culled from: Usatoday.com

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