Skip­ping breakfast ‘bad for ar­ter­ies’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

Skip breakfast and you and your ar­ter­ies could be in poor shape, new re­search sug­gests.

A study in Spain found that peo­ple who reg­u­larly miss the first meal of the day are more at risk of the kind of artery dam­age that leads to heart at­tacks and strokes.

They are also more likely to be obese and suf­fer­ing from high blood pres­sure and choles­terol than those who con­sume a sus­tain­ing breakfast.

Sci­en­tists looked at a group of 4,052 men and women from Madrid, nearly 3% of whom ad­mit­ted they did not bother with breakfast.

A to­tal of 69.4% ate low-en­ergy break­fasts while 27.7% ob­tained more than a fifth of their daily calo­ries in the morn­ing. Ev­i­dence of artheroscle­ro­sis, or hard­en­ing and nar­row­ing of the ar­ter­ies, was seen more of­ten in breakfast-skip­pers and peo­ple who started the day with a low calo­rie meal.

In ad­di­tion, blood mark­ers linked to heart and meta­bolic risk fac­tors were more preva­lent in breakfast-skip­pers and low-en­ergy breakfast con­sumers than peo­ple who ate nor­mal, higher calo­rie break­fasts.

Re­searcher Dr Jose Pe­nalvo from the Friedman School of Nu­tri­tion Sci­ence and Pol­icy in the US, said: “Aside from the direct as­so­ci­a­tion with car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk fac­tors, skip­ping breakfast might serve as a marker for a gen­eral un­healthy diet or life­style which in turn is as­so­ci­ated with the de­vel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion of ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis.”

Par­tic­i­pants who ig­nored breakfast had the largest waists and high­est body mass in­dexes.

The sci­en­tists said they could not rule out re­verse cau­sa­tion, with obese peo­ple skip­ping breakfast in order to lose weight.

“Skip­ping breakfast a marker for a un­healthy diet”

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