Study: Skipping breakfast could increase risk for coronary heart disease

Study: Skipping breakfast could increase risk for coronary heart disease (Image 1)
Study: Skipping breakfast could increase risk for coronary heart disease (Image 1)

It's considered the most important meal of the day, and now a new study suggests that your parents were right when they told you to eat a good breakfast.

The recently released study shows skipping breakfast may increase a person's risk of coronary heart disease.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Dr. Keith Churchwell, a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who broke down the new findings.

Dr. Churchwell, who is very familiar with the Harvard study that tracked 26,000 men for 16 years, said the research establishes a definite correlation between eating the first meal of the day and the risk of cardio vascular disease.

“It turns out that one of the risks that fell out was how they ate. And if they missed breakfast or if they were not breakfast eaters, they had a significant increase in their chance of having a cardiovascular event, compared to the rest of the population in the study,” he explained.

The study also highlighted the danger of late night snacking.

“If they ate late at night persistently or consistently, they had a significant increase in risk.  This was over and above their usual risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and family history,” Churchwell said.

The newly released study also discovered participants with busy lifestyles were also at a greater risk.

“Many of us tend to go through the rest of the day and don't really take into consideration we should be on a better schedule in terms of what we eat and we should avoid late night eating,” he said.

Dr. Churchwell added he expects to see future studies examining cardiovascular risks in women.

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