Abandoning breakfast a health risk?

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If you miss out on breakfast, you risk deadly heart disease

Not without reason is breakfast often referred to as the most important meal of the day. For example, a recent study concludes that abstaining from breakfast is associated with a significantly increased risk of fatal cardiovascular disease. In the interests of one's own health, it is therefore essential to ensure adequate food intake in the morning.

Those who never had breakfast had an 87 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than people who ate breakfast daily, the American College of Cardiology reported in a press release on the study results. This underlines the importance of the daily breakfast for the health. The study was published in the journal "Journal of the American College of Cardiology"

Daily breakfast is also important for heart health, according to a recent study. (Image: karepa / fotolia.com)

More than 6,500 participants

Based on data from 6,550 participants aged 40 to 75 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1988-1994, the current study examined the association between the incidence of fatal cardiovascular disease and the subjects' breakfast behavior , All participants had no cardiovascular or cancer at the beginning of the average 18-year observation period.

87 percent higher risk

The participants were asked how often they had breakfast and possible answers: "every day", "a few days", "rarely" and "never". After all, 59 percent of the participants consumed a daily breakfast, 25 percent had breakfast on some days, 10.9 percent rarely had breakfast and 5.1 percent never had breakfast. In total, 2,318 subjects died during the observation period, including 619 deaths from cardiovascular disease. After adjusting for the data, taking into account factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, diet and lifestyle factors, body mass index and cardiovascular risk factors, participants who never ate breakfast had participants who had breakfast daily, an 87 percent higher risk of cardiovascular mortality and a 19 percent higher overall mortality, "report the study authors.

Negative effects of breakfast abandonment

Skipping breakfast "was associated with changes in appetite, decreased satiety, increased blood pressure, and deleterious changes in lipid levels," according to the American College of Cardiology. In addition, it is a behavioral pattern for unhealthy living habits. The risk of fatal cardiovascular diseases increases significantly as a result. "Our study highlights the benefits of breakfast in promoting cardiovascular health," concludes the research team.

Time for breakfast must be

Also in terms of metabolism, previous studies had already emphasized the benefits of breakfast. Last but not least, avoiding breakfast increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. We should therefore take the time for an adequate morning food intake urgently. (Fp)

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