Skipping Breakfast May increase Risk of CHD

It’s 10 pm, and you’re thinking about that microwavable green-chile chicken burrito on the top shelf of the freezer.  Don’t do it.   It’s 6:30 am, and you’re reluctant to get up just 5 minutes early and start making the oatmeal. Definitely do it.   

According to a 16-year study by Harvard University, when you eat might be just as important as what.  The timing of meals — whether it’s missing a meal in the morning or eating a meal very late at night — may cause adverse metabolic effects that lead to cardiovascular problems.  Men who reported that they skipped breakfast were at 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease.

“Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time,” said Leah E. Cahill, Ph.D, Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

“Our study group has spent decades studying the health effects of diet quality and composition, and now this new data also suggests overall dietary habits can be important to lower risk of coronary heart disease,” said Eric Rimm, Sc.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.

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