New UI Study Says Skipping Breakfast Can Be Bad for Your Heart


People in their middle age and above who skip breakfast face a higher risk of death by heart disease and strokes, a study conducted on 6,550 Americans has found.

"In a nationally representative cohort with 17 to 23 years of follow-up, skipping breakfast was associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease", the authors write in the study.

A new study finds that if you don't eat something in the morning to kickstart your day, you could have a higher risk of a heart-related death. You can ask my coworkers; I am NOT pleasant when my stomach is empty.

Breakfast eaters tend to be healthier and leaner than breakfast skippers.

It was reported that this study is the first analysis of cardiovascular disease caused due to skipping of breakfast.

According to Bao, skipping breakfast was also a behavioural marker for unhealthy lifestyle habits, as those who never ate breakfast "were more likely to be overweight, heavy drinkers, former smokers, and physically inactive, and have high cholesterol, lower incomes, and poor diet quality".

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"There are a few cardiovascular risk factors - for example diabetes, hypertension and lipid disorders", he said.

A group of researchers in Iowa examined the results of a health and nutrition survey taken from 1988 to 1994 and compared them to death records through to the end of 2011. Among those observed, 59 percent ate breakfast every day, 25 percent ate breakfast some days, 11 percent rarely ate breakfast, and 5 percent never did.

According to W.H.O around the globe cardiovascular disease, namely stroke and heart disease, is the leading cause of death accounting for 15.2 million deaths combined during 2016; within the United States of America heart disease is the leading cause of death.

Rong S, Snetselaar LG, Xu G, et al. Association of skipping breakfast with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. The study was limited in that it did not include information about what types of food and beverages were consumed, and whether breakfast consumption patterns changed between 1994 and when the follow up mortality data was gathered.

Breakfast has for years been described as the most important meal of the day, though the proposition has come into question of late. "I realize that the study attempted to control for these confounders, but I think it's hard to tease apart breakfast skipping from their unhealthy lifestyle in general", Varady said.

The researchers, however, make it a point to note that the study's findings should be seen in light of several caveats. "Or B: If you need to do 16 hours, try to consider skipping dinner and not breakfast or lunch".