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Eating Breakfast May Be Very Important To Your Heart

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People are always touting breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but oftentimes, the reasoning behind that title revolves around weight loss or hunger. Now, though, science is saying that it could make an impact on the health of your heart: a American Heart Association study published in its journal Circulation reveals evidence suggesting men who skip breakfast are at higher risk for heart attacks and fatal coronary heart disease.

From 1992 to 2008, researchers analyzed data from questionnaires regarding health and food habits for 26,902 male health professionals between the ages of 45 and 82. The results insinuate a real bias health-wise toward men who chow down that first meal each morning:

– Men who reported they skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported they didn't.

– The men who reported not eating breakfast were younger than those who did, and were more likely to be smokers, employed full time, unmarried, less physically active and drank more alcohol.

– Men who reported eating late at night (eating after going to bed) had a 55 percent higher coronary heart disease risk than those who didn't. But researchers were less convinced this was a major public health concern because few men in the study reported this behavior.

– During the study, 1,572 of the men had first-time cardiac events.

So, while it may be a little tedious to spend time eating each morning, or tempting to cut calories that way, it's best to just grab something healthy on your way out the door or while heading to work. Hey — it could be a great daily decision in the long run.

[via HuffPo]

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