October 2017 Newsletter

Does Skipping Breakfast Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

contributed by Zunayet Karim

According to Journal of the American College of Cardiology, skipping breakfast is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease. In a recently published article, scientists have found that people who generally skip breakfast or eat something very light are prone to developing atherosclerosis- the process of hardening and clogging of healthy arteries. Eventually atherosclerosis will cause fatal heart attack or stroke.

In this prospective cohort study, the pattern of breakfast intake was observed and studied among the participants aged between 40-52 years divided in three groups- those who skip breakfast, those who eat something light and those who eat a proper breakfast. Atherosclerosis was found more prevalent among the subjects who skip breakfast or eat something with very low caloric content like coffee, juice or any other beverages. Also found increased presence of cardio metabolic risk markers like increase waist circumference, high cholesterol or body mass index (BMI) in these subjects. The second group who eats a low calorie breakfast also have shown similar pattern.

Bottom line – The well-known adage that breakfast is the most important meal is proven right again, so start your day with a full healthy breakfast and enjoy a healthier disease-free life.

The study itself can be read here.

Author
Mahmood Siddique Board certified physician Mahmood I. Siddique, DO, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, takes a modern, holistic approach to caring for his patients at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey. He believes medicine is most effective when it considers not just the patient’s symptoms, but the broader connections among their overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being.

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