Tuesday 23 January 2018

Regularly skipping breakfast can increase heart disease risk by 27pc

Charlie Cooper

Skipping breakfast can increase your risk of a heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease by as much as 27pc, a new study has found.

Regularly skipping breakfast put people at high risk of a number of conditions – such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol – which can lead to heart disease, said the lead author of the report, Dr Leah Cahill, from the School of Public Health at Harvard.

"When your body is fasting it goes into a protective drive, raising your blood pressure, raising levels of insulin and cholesterol.

"If you don't eat breakfast in the morning you're putting an extra strain on your body after it's already been fasting all night," Dr Cahill said.

The study tracked the eating habits and health outcomes of 27,000 male health professionals aged between 45 and 82, over 16 years.

A parallel study looking at the impact of skipping breakfast on women is still in progress, but Dr Cahill said it was unlikely there would be any difference between the sexes. (© Independent News Service)

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