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    Skipping Breakfast Could Lead to Heart Disease & Diabetes, New Study Suggests

    Those who regularly skip breakfast could be at increased risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

    Based upon reviews of other scientific studies concerning breakfast and heart disease, the research team from Columbia University found that those who eat breakfast regularly tend have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as compared to those who skip the meal. They also assert that those who miss breakfast have an increased likelihood of obesity and poor nutrition.

    Their findings suggest that skipping breakfast increases the risk of a heart attack by 17%, and the risk of suffering a stroke also rises by 18% - again based on analysis of other studies.

    Professor Marie-Pierre St-Onge, lead author of the study, said of the results:

    “Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body's internal clock.

    “In animal studies, it appears that when animals receive food while in an inactive phase, such as when they are sleeping, their internal clocks are reset in a way that can alter nutrient metabolism, resulting in greater weight gain, insulin resistance and inflammation.

    “However, more research would need to be done in humans before that can be stated as a fact.”

    Among the scientific community there is still some debate as to the importance of breakfast, with some asserting that our misplaced belief that the meal is in fact vital may stem more from marketing campaigns than scientific analysis. One such person is Dr James Betts, a senior lecturer in nutrition at the University of Bath, who shared his thoughts on the matter with the Telegraph:

    “The problem is that these benefits although logical sounding, are largely assumptions based on observational studies and had never actually been tested.

    “As soon as doctors find out that an overweight patient skips breakfast they’ll often tell them to make sure they eat it every day. But should we not know more about the health effects? We try not to give other health advice without evidence, so why are we more lax with breakfast?”

    So while, in the end, both parties mentioned above agree that further study is needed before we can make any solid claims on the matter, they each seem to have very different ideas about how they expect said research to pan out.

    Moving beyond breakfast, the research team from Columbia University also looked at how meal timings throughout the rest of the day may affect our health, and it could be bad news for late-night snackers. The team found that those who eat late at night have a greater risk of poor cardiometabolic health and are more likely to be obese.

    The researchers wrote: “The impact of meal timing, particularly related to the evening meal, deserves further study.

    “Epidemiological findings suggest a potential detrimental effect of late meals on cardiometabolic health, but clinical intervention studies, which would address causality, have been limited in scope and too diverse to draw definitive conclusions and make recommendations.”

    Professor St-Onge added: “We suggest eating mindfully, by paying attention to planning both what you eat and when you eat meals and snacks, to combat emotional eating.

    “Many people find that emotions can trigger eating episodes when they are not hungry, which often leads to eating too many calories from foods that have low nutritional value.”

    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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