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Breakfast like a King

Breakfast Like a King

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A large, prospective study supports the common wisdom that skipping breakfast is not a healthy way to start the day. Compared with men who ate breakfast, those who skipped breakfast had a 27% increased risk of MI (heart attack) or death from CHD (heart disease).

The study, based on data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS), was published online July 22, 2013 in Circulation.

The investigators followed approximately 27,000 middle-aged and older US male health professionals for more than 16 years. During that time, 1527 men had incident CHD, defined as fatal MI or nonfatal CHD.

“This was a pretty large study, with a very long follow-up, and a substantial number of incident CHD end points. So from that standpoint, the relationship between skipping breakfast and increased risk of CHD is pretty strong,” senior author Dr Eric B Rimm (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA) said.

 Of note, younger but not older men were at significantly increased risk, he pointed out.

“It’s a pretty simple overall public health message, one that is cheap, and involves habits that are not hard to change compared with other diet and lifestyle factors,” Rimm said. Physicians should advise patients to “eat regularly, and specifically eat in the morning,” he advised.

Sensible advice.

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