Missing breakfast increases heart disease risk

A study conducted by the University of Tasmania which tracked 2,184 volunteers for over 20 years has found that regularly missing breakfast increases the risk of heart disease.

The study found that starting the day on an empty stomach can lead to larger fat stores around the stomach, high cholesterol levels, heart disease and increased insulin levels in the blood (which could lead to diabetes).

The researchers found that those who were at the greatest risk tended to be adults who did not get into the habit of eating breakfast when they were children and continued in this way when adults. The results, which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that when adults such as this reach their late twenties, they are already showing signs of developing heart disease.

Experts believe the reason for this could be related to a higher tendency to snack on sugary foods and a reduced likelihood of exercising whilst having a lower intake of vitamins and fibre.

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