"Skipping Breakfast Is Tied To Higher Risk Of Hardening Arteries"
People who skip breakfast may be more likely to develop atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, than individuals who start each day with a hearty meal, a new study suggests. Even after researchers accounted for diet and other risk factors for heart disease, people who routinely skipped breakfast were significantly more likely to develop atherosclerosis compared to individuals who normally had a morning meal. “A greater percentage of energy consumed earlier in the day may favor cardiovascular health,” said lead study author, Valentin Fuster, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of Mount Sinai Heart at the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. Previous research has linked skipping breakfast to a higher risk of problems that can lead to heart disease such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol, researchers note in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
- Valentin Fuster, MD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health and Physician in Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital