Missing breakfast means men are more likely to suffer a heart attack says a study published in ‘Circulation’. Experts believe skipping breakfast or eating late at night may cause adverse metabolic affects leading to heart disease.
“Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time,” said Leah E. Cahill, Ph.D., study lead author from the Harvard School of Public Health.
A study in the USA analysed 26,902 questionnaires completed by male health professionals aged between 45 and 82 years. The men were assessed over a 16 year period, when the study began none of the participants had heart disease or cancer, but by the end 1,572 men had non-fatal heart attacks or died due to coronary heart disease. The data suggested that men who skipped breakfast increased their chance of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease by 27% compared to men who ate their breakfast, and those who tended to eat late at night increased their risk by 55%. Breakfast skippers are more likely to be smokers, consume more alcohol and be less physically active.
The study did not talk about the type of breakfast but we would suggest having a healthy breakfast not one high in fat. The brain needs food to function and not eating before starting work could, also, have a detrimental effect on your concentration.