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A new study appears to confirm that when you eat is just as important for health as what and how much you eat. A study conducted and tracked for over 16 years suggests that, those who said they skipped breakfast were found to have a higher risk of heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease.
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study findings explains that skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, highcholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.
Interestingly, the study involved close to 27000 healthy professionals aged 45-82, free from any heart disease. Over the follow-up, 1,572 men experienced non-fatal heart attacks or died of coronary heart disease.
When they analyzed the data the researchers found men who said they did not have breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than men who said they ate breakfast. The men who said they skipped breakfast tended to be younger, single, smokers, who worked full time, did not do much exercise and drank more alcohol.
They did find a link, however, between eating late at night and coronary heart disease. Compared with men who said they did not eat late at night, among those who did, there was a 55% higher risk of coronary heart disease.
Research suggests that one need to incorporate many types of healthy foods into your breakfast, as this is an easy way to ensure your meal provides adequate energy and a healthy balance of nutrients, such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.