Published: Sat, April 27, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Now, study on Americans links eating breakfast to lower risk of stroke

Now, study on Americans links eating breakfast to lower risk of stroke

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. It also doesn't specify what any of the participants actually ate for breakfast, which is significant, given that a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries or a vegetable omelet with a side of avocado is much more heart-healthy than fried chicken and waffles, for example.

To gather their findings, researchers at the University of Iowa collected information from 6,550 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 to 1994.

Of these participants, 336 never consumed breakfast, 713 rarely ate breakfast, 1,639 consumed breakfast most days, and 3,862 ate breakfast every day. There were 2,318 deaths since the time of the survey, including 619 from cardiovascular disease.

The study revealed in comparison to the people who take breakfast every day to those who don't take breakfast every day are under big risk of cardiovascular diseases.

After a person's age, sex, race, socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle, body mass index and disease status were taken into account, the study found that those who never had breakfast had a 87% higher risk of cardiovascular mortality compared with people who had breakfast every day, said Dr. Wei Bao, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and senior author of the study. It leads to damaging changes in lipid levels such as higher levels of total cholesterol and bad cholesterol, which can raise a person's risk of heart disease.

The new study "was fairly well done", said Krista Varady of the University of Illinois, Chicago, who was not involved in the research.

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"The group of subjects reporting that they never have breakfast were more frequently smokers, alcohol drinkers, physically inactive, and obese", wrote Borja Ibanez and Juan M. Fernandez-Alvira in editorial commentary on the study.

It was reported that this study is the first analysis of cardiovascular disease caused due to skipping of breakfast.

WHO said that this disease has become the biggest reason of death all around the world.

Rong S, Snetselaar LG, Xu G, et al. Association of skipping breakfast with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.

"Breakfast is believed to be an important meal of the day, whereas there has been an increasing prevalence of skipping breakfast over the past 50 years", the team wrote. But, of course, you didn't need a study to tell you that!

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