Men who regularly skip breakfast may have an increased risk of heart disease,
U.S. researchers say.
Leah E. Cahill of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and colleagues
analyzed the eating habits, including breakfast, of 26,902 U.S. men, ages 45-82,
who were found to be free of cardiovascular disease and cancer when assessed in
1992 for the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
During 16 years of follow-up, 1,527 incident coronary heart disease cases were
diagnosed. Computer models were used to estimate relative risks and adjustments
were made for demographic, diet, lifestyle and other coronary heart disease risk
The study, published in the journal Circulation, found men who skipped breakfast
had a 27 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease compared with men who did
not skip a morning meal.