Skipping breakfast and heart disease: Not so simple

SpoonFed: Via NBC

Men: Did you skip breakfast this morning? Guys who regularly skip their morning meal may have an increased risk of heart disease, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

It’s an eye-catching finding from some of the nation’s top researchers, published Monday in the journal Circulation. But the study does have some big limitations: For one, it’s important to note that simply grabbing breakfast – any breakfast at all, even if it’s something unhealthy like a doughnut – is not enough to protect your heart health. And eating breakfast is just one of many healthy habits associated with a stronger ticker.

In this study, researchers examined food frequency questionnaires (surveys determined to estimate actual food intake), and monitored the health of 26,902 male health professionals over 16 years, from 1992 to 2008. When the surveys started, the men were between 45 and 82 years old.

The study found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported they ate breakfast. So does that mean eating breakfast can lower the risk of heart disease? It’s not that simple – let’s take a closer look. [...] read more