August 10, 2020

Controversy over why skipping breakfast impacts health


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By Lynn Allison From Newsmax


A recent study by researchers “proved” that skipping breakfast is associated with an 87% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

The results, published in Iowa Now, supports the benefits of eating a daily breakfast in promoting heart . But now a leading expert questions their data.

Lead author Wei Boa, assistant professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, says that healthcare providers and experts have known for years that early morning calories help jumpstart the body’s metabolism and give people the energy and nutrients to start the day. And research shows that skipping breakfast may lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments. But the scientist’s claim that skipping breakfast can generate a drastic 87% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, may be stretching the point.

Leading cardiologist Kevin Campbell tells Newsmax that there’s more to this study than meets the eye.

“This study verifies other data that has been presented in the past,” the North Carolina-based expert says. “It is clear from multiple studies that eating breakfast is an important way to start the day. The big issue is what drives this association between breakfast and increased risk for heart disease.”

While the Iowa researchers admit they do not have a cause and effect rationale for their results, Campbell suggests other factors may be at play.

“In other studies, it was shown that people who skip breakfast tend to be overweight and make other unhealthy choices later in the day that can put them at risk for heart disease,” says Campbell, author of Women and Cardiovascular Disease.

“Their increased risk is due to the development of high blood pressure and diabetes. There is also evidence that those who do not eat breakfast daily are heavy smokers and drink more alcohol — both of which are unhealthy lifestyle choices that can increase your risk of heart disease.”

Whatever the real reason skipping breakfast leads to heart disease, the research clearly shows that eating earlier in the day does reduce your risk of many diseases from diabetes to cancer, easier weight management and feeling younger, say Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen.

“The smart move is to eat most of your daily calories before 2 p.m., so breakfast cereal and a salad for dinner is a really good choice. And try to put at least 13 hours between your last meal of the day and breakfast the next morning,” they add.

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