Skipping Breakfast Increases Risk for Cardiovascular Mortality

Grant Boone
April 27, 2019

Quite a few studies have dwelt on the kind of diet a person consumes, but the University of Iowa researchers have described theirs as the first that focuses on the link between breakfast - irrespective of what it constitutes - and heart disease.

As a whole, the study's authors found a significant association between skipping breakfast and cardiovascular mortality, even after adjusting for these other lifestyle factors.

New evidence underscores the importance of eating breakfast every day, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that showed skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of death from heart disease.

"Our findings are in line with and supported by previous studies that consistently showed that skipping breakfast is related to those strong risk factors for cardiovascular death". They note that skipping breakfast might lead to overeating later and impairment in insulin sensitivity, is associated with stress-independent over activity in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis because of a longer period of fasting, and may be a behavioral marker for unhealthy dietary and lifestyle habits. You can ask my coworkers; I am NOT pleasant when my stomach is empty.

"Our study supports the benefits of eating breakfast in promoting cardiovascular health", they add.

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Researchers say skipping breakfast can increase the risk of dying from heart disease. All of those factors put people at a much higher risk for cardiovascular disease. In year 2016, the death rate due to cardiovascular disease accounted to deaths of 15.2 million people.

Breakfast has for years been described as the most important meal of the day, though the proposition has come into question of late.

The 6,550 adults were categorised into four frequencies of breakfast consumption: Never (5.1 per cent or 336 participants), rarely (10.9 per cent or 713 people), some days (25 per cent or 1,639 people), and every day (59 per cent or 3,862 participants).

After zeroing in on the individuals who never ate breakfast, and examining separate follow-up data that analyzed their health status through 2011, researchers found that 2,318 deaths occurred.

The researchers took a close look at how often each person consumed breakfast and at mortality, specifically whether a death was related to cardiovascular health. "What is clear is that a pattern of skipping breakfast identifies a population at risk", they wrote. "I realize that the study attempted to control for these confounders, but I think it's hard to tease apart breakfast skipping from their unhealthy lifestyle in general". "Or B: If you need to do 16 hours, try to consider skipping dinner and not breakfast or lunch".

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