Cardiovascular Risk Factors / Health

Skipping breakfast may increase risk of coronary heart disease

Skipping breakfast may increase risk of coronary heart diseaseThe results of a study over two decades in the making have shown that males who skip their breakfast have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or even dying from coronary heart disease.  It also indicated that adverse metabolic effects, which can lead to CHD, can arise as a result of eating meals at irregular times.

The study was compiled from 1992-2008 with a population of nearly 27,000 males aged 45-82.

Other key findings in the study included:

•    A 27% higher risk of a heart attack or death from CHD for those who skipped breakfast
•    Those who skipped breakfast were generally younger than those who didn’t, and were more likely to be smokers, less physically active and drank more alcohol
•    Over 1,500 study participants had a cardiac-related event for the first-time

The lead author on the study, Dr Leah Cahill of the Harvard School of Public Health, commented, “skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.”

It was noted that even when lifestyle circumstances such as diet, physical activity and smoking varied, there was still a noticeable link between those who skipped breakfast or who ate late at night, and CHD.


Randox Laboratories provides a number of arrays used in the detection and screening of CVD or CHD, including Troponin, Myoglobin and H-FABP.  Also of benefit, the Randox Metabolic Syndrome Array is capable of detecting several metabolic disease markers, such as C-peptide, Ferritin and CRP.


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