Skipping breakfast? ‘Significantly’ bad for your heart, study shows

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Skipping breakfast is considered common practice, especially for people in a hurry, thinking they don’t have time.

“I’ve got to beat the commute,” some say, or “I’m not that hungry. I can wait for lunch.”

You might want to re-think your logic. A study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has led researchers to believe skipping breakfast was associated with a “significantly increased risk” of death from heart disease.

According to the study, eating breakfast has benefits that promote cardiovascular health.

The researchers had a national profile of 6,550 adults from 40 to 75 years old from 1988 to 1994. The data compiled death records of subjects up to the end of 2011. Each participant recorded breakfast-eating-frequency themselves and provided the information to researchers.

The study found 5.1 percent of participants never ate breakfast. In fact, 41 percent of participants didn’t eat breakfast daily. During the duration of the study, 2,318 participants died. They found 619 of them were from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers concluded never eating breakfast had a “hazard ratio” of 1.87 for cardiovascular activity, and 1.19 for deaths of any kind. That means never eating breakfast makes puts you at an 87 percent higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared to people who eat breakfast daily.

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