Health Tip – Oct. 16 – Power Breakfast for Your Heart
Eating breakfast may help protect you from heart disease…and late night snacking could do you in. These findings come from a 16-year study which examined the lifestyles of 26,902 male health professionals, and illustrate the power eating habits can have over our health. It showed that participants who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who said they had morning meals.
The study, from the Harvard School of Public Health, looked at data from questionnaires the men completed that delved into such issues as how much time they spent watching television, how much they exercised and slept, the quality of their diets, the amount of alcohol they drank, whether they smoked, their medical history, BMI, whether they worked full-time, were married and if had regular physical exams. Late night eating – after going to bed – raised the risk of heart disease by 55 percent, but the researchers noted that not many of the men in the study reported getting up in the wee hours to eat.