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Eating Breakfast Is Important For Heart Health

July 22, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Missing breakfast in the morning, or eating a meal late at night, can cause metabolic effects that lead to coronary heart disease, according to a U.S. study. Researchers analyzed data from a food frequency questionnaire, tracking health outcomes from 1992 to 2008, on nearly 27,000 males aged 45 to 82.  Men who reported they skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported they didn't. Men who reported eating late at night (eating after going to bed) had a 55 percent higher coronary heart disease risk than those who didn't. Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more heart disease risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
L. E. Cahill et al., "Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals", Circulation, July 22, 2013, © American Heart Association, Inc.
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