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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Skipping breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk

The Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, have published a report based on a large 16-year study of food frequency questionnaire data and tracked health outcomes from 1992 to 2008 on 26,902 male health professionals ages 45-82. The study collected comprehensive questionnaire data from the participants and accounted for many important factors such as TV watching, physical activity, sleep, diet quality, alcohol intake, medical history, BMI, and social factors like whether or not the men worked full-time, were married, saw their doctor regularly for physical exams, or smoked currently or in the past.

The conclusion  finds men who reported that they skipped breakfast had higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease. The timing of meals, whether it's missing a meal in the morning or eating a meal very late at night, may cause adverse metabolic effects that lead to coronary heart disease. Even after accounting for modest differences in diet, physical activity, smoking and other lifestyle factors, the association between skipping breakfast (or eating very late at night) and coronary heart disease persisted.

Read more details in ScienceDaily: Skipping breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk


  1. I was brought up to believe that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Lately, though, I just have a few biscuits with a cup of herbal tea. The appetite changes as we get older.

  2. Haven't had breakfast for the last 40 years, and feel absolutely perfect!!!


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