Skip Breakfast, Jack Your Risk of a Heart Attack
Study sees 27% greater chance
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2013 1:06 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Breakfast may or may not be for champions, but skipping breakfast is for people who want a greater risk of a heart attack, reports CBS News. A Harvard study tracked the habits of 27,000 men for 16 years, and found that those who did without a morning meal were more likely to have a heart attack later in life. Researchers extrapolated that into a 27% greater risk for the general population, saying the results should apply to women as well as men, reports USA Today.

They didn't get into why that is, only that the correlation exists. "The short answer may be that skipping the early meal keeps your body in the stressful state of fasting for longer, which can disrupt your metabolism in considerable and, apparently, life-threatening, ways," writes Alice G. Walton at Forbes. Lots of questions remain, but the lead researcher sums it up simply: "Don't skip breakfast," he writes. And try it to make it a reasonably healthy one.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jul 23, 2013 8:28 PM CDT
Great, every morning I'll head to Cracker Barrel (Zimmeran's favorite hangout) and order eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, grits, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, and juice. The article above says its good for my heart.
fractal
Jul 23, 2013 7:49 PM CDT
Fasting for a few extra hours is NOT a health hazard. People all over the world fast for spiritual and health reasons, for much longer periods. There may be a cooralation between breakfast and wholesome behavior. But it is silly to claim that going without food for a few extra hours is more than an inconvenience.
WhateverYouSay
Jul 23, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
People who skip breakfast are possibly less healthy to begin with... I know a number of healthy elders who do not eat breakfast, but there general lifestyle and diet is good. I also know some really unhealthy elders who don't eat breakfast, who do smoke, who drink lots of coffee when they rise, grab something later in the morning that features white carbs, sugar and fat. Coffee and a doughnut is not a recipe for longevity.