A study published in the journal Circulation shows that men who skip breakfast may have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day by eating breakfast.
The researchers analyzed data from a 16-year study of 26,902 male health professionals, ages 45–82, which tracked their eating habits and overall health during 1992–2008. During the study period, 1,572 of the men developed heart disease.
The researchers found that men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to suffer a heart attack or develop heart disease than those who ate something. They also found that these men also indulged more heavily in other unhealthy lifestyle choices. They were more likely to smoke, engage in less exercise, and drink alcohol.
The study found that men who skipped breakfast did not pick up another meal later in the day, which could indicate they tended to “feast” on higher-calorie meals when they did eat. The study also showed that younger men tended to skip breakfast more frequently than older men.
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