Eating breakfast has been linked to a decreased risk of heart problems by researchers from the US.
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A study of 27,000 men was published in the journal Circulation and highlighted link between skipping breakfast and developing heart problems.
A team was based at the Harvard School of Public health and analysed data from males aged 45 to 82 years of age for a period of 16 years.
There were around 1,500 hearts attacks and instances of fatal heart failure during the study. The report found that people who missed breakfast were more likely to develop heart problems by just over a quarter.
The scientists accounted for other lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and exercise to gather reliable results. Those who skipped breakfast were more likely to smoke, be employed full-time, unmarried, less physically active and drink more alcohol than men who ate breakfast.
The BHF say: “Collectively, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, accounting for more than 159,000 deaths each year.”
Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “In the morning rush it can be all too easy to skip breakfast, but this study suggests this could have a bigger impact on our health than we might think.
“However, these researchers only looked at men aged over 45, so we would need to see further research to confirm that breakfast has the same impact on the heart health of other groups of people.”
Experts believe that waiting until lunchtime to eat your first meal of the day puts undue strain on your body and can lead to heightened blood pressure, obesity and diabetes which could all lead to heart failure.
Health insurance can give you comprehensive heart cover if you are concerned about developing heart disease.
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