Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk: study

 

Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack. A study of older men found that those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27-percent 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, the Harvard researchers said.

Other studies have suggested a link between skipping breakfast and obesity, high blood pressure 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.

 

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