Men who skip breakfast more likely to have heart attacks
A recent study published in the journal_ Circulation_ found that men who skipped breakfast have a higher risk of heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease. Researchers clarified that missing breakfast may lead to a host of risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, and that could make a heart attack more likely.
For the study, researchers analyzed a questionnaire completed by 26,902 male health professionals, aged 45 to 82, and tracked their health for 16 years. None of the participants had heart disease or cancer at the start of the study. During follow-up, researchers found that 1,572 men had experienced either a non-fatal heart attack or had died from coronary heart disease. After analyzing the data, they found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease compared to those who did eat breakfast. In addition, the men who skipped breakfast were more likely to be younger, single, smokers, who worked full-time, rarely exercised and drank more alcohol.
Researchers also found that eating late at night increased risk of heart disease by 55 percent. Researchers said that overall diet habits should be a factor considered in lowering the risk of heart disease.