Sunday, July 28, 2013

Skipping breakfast may be linked to higher heart attack risk in older men.

The AP (7/23, Stobbe) reports that “a study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a...higher risk of a heart attack than those who” did not skip breakfast. For the study, published in Circulation, investigators surveyed approximately “27,000 men about their eating habits in 1992.” Roughly 13 percent indicated that they usually did not eat breakfast. Respondents “all were educated health professionals...and were at least 45.”
        The Los Angeles Times (7/23, Macvean, 692K) “Science Now” blog reports that the investigators “found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of coronary heart disease than men who ate their morning meal.”
        On its website, CBS News (7/23) reports, “younger men were more likely to skip breakfast than older ones, as were smokers, the unmarried, alcohol drinkers, people who were less physically active and those who had full-time jobs.”
        NBC News (7/23) reports on its website that “another key finding was that men who reported ‘eating late at night’ had a 55 percent higher coronary heart disease risk compared to those who didn’t, but the subgroup of participants was very small, just 313 men, or about 2 percent.” Also covering the story are Forbes (7/23, 928K), the Huffington Post (7/23), HealthDay (7/23, Thompson), and MedPage Today (7/23, Neale).

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